Happy Earth Day

This is the beautifully done official “Earth Day 2008” poster authored by Adrienne Lay.

According to WIKI the brief history of Earth Day is as follows:

“Responding to widespread environmental degradation, Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated that year, and Earth Day is now observed each year on April 22 by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries. Senator Nelson, an environmental activist, took a leading role in organizing the celebration, hoping to demonstrate popular political support for an environmental agenda. He modeled it on the highly effective Vietnam War protests of the time. The concept of Earth Day was first proposed in a memo to JFK written by Fred Dutton.

According to Santa Barbara, California Community Environmental Council:

The story goes that Earth Day was conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson after a trip he took to Santa Barbara right after that horrific oil spill off our coast in 1969. He was so outraged by what he saw that he went back to Washington and passed a bill designating April 22 as a national day to celebrate the earth.

Senator Nelson selected Denis Hayes, a Harvard University graduate student, as the national coordinator of activities. Hayes said he wanted Earth Day to “bypass the traditional political process.” Garrett DuBell compiled and edited The Environmental Handbook the first guide to the Environmental Teach-In. Its symbol was a green Greek letter theta, “the dead theta”.

The nationwide event included opposition to the Vietnam War on the agenda, but this was thought to detract for the environmental message. Pete Seeger was a keynote speaker and performer at the event held in Washington DC. Paul Newman and Ali McGraw attended the event held in New York City.

The most notable organization to protest the event was the Daughters of the American Revolution.”

Now I am not imaginative enough to come up with my own ideas to save the planet, but I am currently working on making my own tote bag made of recycled plastic grocery/store bags. I now only use totes for all of my shopping, but to rid my presence of all plastic bags I have been collecting them and preparing plarn (plastic yarn) with the intent of crocheting a tote bag with it.

Be sure to check out the Official Earth Day Web Site to see what you can do to help The “Call for Climate” Campaign.

Take care, think green and I’ll talk to you soon.

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Published in: on April 22, 2008 at 6:06 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Thanks for the link and happy Earth Day to you. It’s a wonderful day for us all for reflect on how we can improve on our resource use of this great planet.

  2. No problem Cindy. Thanks for reading and thanks for your contribution to keeping us green. Your blog site is great!


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