May 11, 2010 Question of the Week: How have modern events inspired you to make personal changes? cuyahoga river, earth day, epa, Santa Barbara oil spill 18 Comments Forty years ago, events like the Santa Barbara oil spill and the Cuyahoga River catching on fire mobilized a massive public reaction, resulting in the first Earth Day and the creation of EPA. How have modern events inspired you to make personal changes? Each week we ask a question related to the environment. Please let us know your thoughts as comments. Feel free to respond to earlier comments or post new ideas. Previous questions.