Monday, February 17, 2014

Eco-friendly presidents worth mentioning

Happy Presidents Day! 

I thought the best way to blog on this day would be to honor 3 eco-friendly presidents -- those who actually made a difference for the earth and its inhabitants. Whether or not you agree with their politics, these three leaders took stands for environmental issues and succeeded!

Theodore Roosevelt

 President and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt seated on lawn, surrounded by their family

President Roosevelt created 5 national parks, 51 wildlife refuges, and 150 new national forests. He's worthy of a Nature Award, don't you think?

Richard Nixon

Did you know that, while he was president, Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency? Not only did he work to protect the environment through the EPA, but he also signed 2 important pieces of legislation -- the Clean Air Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. Honest, he did.

Jimmy Carter

Credited with creating some of the basic ideology of the green movement, President Carter supported alternative fuels and proposed an energy policy to back up his passion for improving the environment. He also promoted a lifestyle of energy conservation, something you read about often here on the blog.

Like I said, you don't have to agree with their politics or regard them as great, or even good, presidents. But you have to give them credit for using their position of power to enact positive changes for their own, and future, generations. 

That's why I'm honoring Presidents Roosevelt, Nixon, and Carter today. Please feel free to share any additional green initiatives enacted by American presidents. Do you have a favorite one?

Sharing a bit of history with you,

Please note: All pictures shown are from the public domain.

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