Many people around our country and the world are preparing to observe this Thursday as Earth Day 2,021. The Earth Day event dates back to 1,970. About a year after the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland, a U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson called for an annual event to call attention to damage being done to the earth in the days prior to the creation of the Environmental Protection agency. The first Earth Day was held as a “teach-in” and 20 million Americans turned out in cities across the country to protest damage being done to the environment. You may have been a part of school-organized Earth Day clean ups that were held back in the 70’s and 80’s. Because of the debate over climate change, Earth Day has become far more controversial than it once was. It seems to me that clean up efforts have too often been replaced of late by lectures on the damage we are accused of doing to mother earth, with predictions of rising temperatures, declining sea levels and other potential perils if we don’t change our ways. Still, millions of people will be taking part in some kind of environmental awareness event in honor of Earth Day this Thursday. That’s the way I see it.