Forty-two years ago America set aside a day to honor our planet. It inspired people all over the world to promote conservation.
It spearheaded hard fought environmental legislation. Earth Day celebrations and community cleanup campaigns have become a part of the culture.
For one Missoula woman, Earth Day is every day, but 1970 has special ties.
Connie Carson manages a nursery. It's probably a place you'd expect a conservationist who was in Washington D.C. for festivities for the very first Earth Day.
The environmental movement was inspired and coincided with other movements. "It was a peace movement," said Carson," But it was a peace movement for the earth."
She thinks you can trace the seeds of the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts to Earth Day.
Today, 42 years after Earth Day 1, she worries about work being undone.
"I'm worried about the continued degradation of the environment and the efforts by corporations and politicans to break down the laws in place to protect the environment," said Carson.
She loves her work. She said she gets to help people create beautiful landscapes. "That's good for the soul," she said.