(OPEDNEWS) — I think most of us who remember the first Earth Day in 1970 would agree that hope and excitement for the future was our Number One takeaway from the day. So many of us thought we'd finally gotten the attention of multitudes of people and relayed the important message of the interconnectedness of all living things. What could be more important than keeping a living, breathing planet alive and well for what we though was forever. To quote Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson:
"The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind."