After the great Santa Barbara oil spill, one junior senator was moved to bring about change. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin hoped to harness the energy of the anti-war protests of the 60s into public awareness of air and water pollution with teach-ins on college campuses across the country. And so, Earth Day was born.
The first Earth Day in 1970 sparked a movement. By the end of the year, the United States Environmental Protection Agency was created. Pioneering environmental laws were passed within the next few years, including the National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act. On its 20th anniversary, the program made it to the world stage, being recognized in 141 countries. Today, April is informally known as “Earth Month.”
Last year, Wright Beamer made an Earth Day pledge: for every estate plan completed with our firm, we would have a tree planted through our partnership with One Tree Planted, a nonprofit dedicated to global reforestation. In that time, we have helped to plant over 100 trees across a number of regions that have needed it the most.
Our firm remains committed to building a business that gives back in meaningful ways. For Earth Month, we are doubling our support and will have two trees planted for each estate plan signed in April. We are proud to be a part of the efforts of One Tree Planted as it works to make a better world.