Earth Week

In case you live under a large but obviously not fatal rock (unrelated but thanks Grace for that  little beauty) and you care about the environment then you should know what this week is….

EARTH WEEK!

So in honor of Earth week I thought we could look back at it’s history and see what has been accomplished since the first Earth Week in 1970.

Earth Week 1970

An Earth Week celebration in Philadelphia in 1970 (Photo courtesy of: http://earthweek1970.org)
 

Earth Day can be credited to Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin, who saw a need for political support for environmental movements. He proposed a national “environmental teach-in” be observed by every college and university in the United States the following spring. Nelson tried to find a week where the majority of universities did not have exams, spring breaks, or other major events, and where no major holidays existed. April 19-25 was selected, and on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was born. More than 20 million people across the United States gathered to celebrate the first Earth Day. Many large cities, most notably New York and Philadelphia, held large public gatherings to promote the newly established event. The first Earth Day was indeed a success.

Earth Day 20 and Earth Day 1990 were two organizations that spearheaded the 20th anniversary of Earth Day in 1990. Earth Day 20 celebrated with a satellite phone call from a group of its members at their base camp on Mt. Everest who expressed their support of world peace and an international focus on environmental issues. In 2000, Kelly Evans, the executive director of the Earth Day campaign, enlisted over 5,000 environmental groups outside the U.S. and established the event’s international base. Earth Day USA took over the planning of the events in 1990 and continued until 1995 when Earth Day Network accepted the role as coordinator. Earth Day USA also helped to established the EarthDay.org website that continues to facilitate the event today.

The modern environmentalist movement would not be what it is today without all of the people who have helped to establish and perpetuate the Earth Day legacy. The Earth Day 2013 campaign can still use your help. Be a part of that legacy and get involved in Earth Week and Earth Day events in your local area and stay committed to the protection of our planet.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

-C

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