This Friday, for the 46 th time, we will once again celebrate a movement that was conceived to generate passion and motivate people to action. On April 22, we will celebrate Earth Day.
Earth Day began in 1970 as a way to bring an increased awareness to the importance of environmental protection. Twenty million Americans took to the streets, coast to coast, to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. Today, Earth Day is celebrated in more than 193 countries.
In 1990, to commemorate the 20 th anniversary of Earth Day, Santee Cooper began the Give Oil For Energy Recovery (GOFER) pilot program. Within two days, nearly 700 hundred gallons of used motor oil were collected in Horry and Berkeley counties. Sadly, prior to this effort and through the decades, hundreds of thousands if not millions of gallons of used motor oil was soaked up into the soil, wetlands, and waterways in South Carolina because of the lack of easily acce... Continue Reading