Dear fellow Section members:
April 22, 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of the first Earth Day. I hope you will join me and your fellow members of the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources in honoring the occasion, and take the opportunity to celebrate Earth Day in a meaningful way.
Originally established in 1970 as a network for volunteers to take part in the growing environmental movement, Earth Day went global in 1990, bringing together non-profit groups, policy makers, and individuals. According to the Earth Day Network, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year.
Earth Day is also widely acknowledged to have provided the momentum behind passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other pieces of legislation – providing the basis for many of our careers in environmental, energy, and natural resources law. It is incredible to think about how our field of practice was virtually non-existent prior to the 1970s. How far we have come!
Your fellow members of the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources and I hope you will join us in marking Earth Day 2017 and carrying its spirit throughout the year.
Seth A. Davis
ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources