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Celebrated for a mere 44 years, Earth Day is by some accounts the most celebrated holiday in the world with over a billion people active on the day. Keep reading to learn how you can do your part.
First proposed at a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) Conference in San Francisco by John McConnell as a day to honor the earth and observe peace, what is today’s Earth Day was dreamed of in 1969. Although McConnell’s event took place on March 21, 1970, the now Earth Day was celebrated as a separate event a month later in April and was billed as an environmental teach-in.
Former Wisconsin Governor and US Senator Gaylord Nelson (1916-2005) receives the credit for the creation of our current Earth Day Celebration, now recognized worldwide by over 192 countries. Moved by the damage of a 1969 California oil spill and inspired by the student anti-war movement, Nelson thought if he could only harness the power of that energy with a public conscience, he could perhaps create a united movement, removing barriers of that time (and those of now) to create awareness to better our world, our home, our earth. Earth Day’s inaugural event achieved a rare alignment among many groups as over 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive rallies across the country. Nelson’s work would earn him the Presidential Medal of Freedom later in life.
Since it’s early beginnings, Earth Day supporters and contributors have steered champions by suggesting action over simple recognition. Earth Day is a day of doing, not watching and waiting. Earth Day is a day for all people to be a leader, for all people to set an example. Earth Day should be the start of something big for each of us as we learn to Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Replenish – Restore – our Earth.
As you look for actions to make your Earth Day a success, consider a few of the following.
Plant something. Care for it and watch it grow.
Clean up. Keep it clean and beautiful for this generation and the next.
Save a little energy today. Flip the light switch, turn the water off.
Recycle and Reuse. Fill those Blue Bins using our single stream directions and reuse what can be for crafts and projects.
Participate. Find those community events and activities going on in your area and BE a part.
Education. As we learn more, we do more, we care more, we become more.
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