“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.”

Marshall McLuhan

Earth Day is celebrated around the world April 22nd each year.

But are you familiar with how Earth Day began?

EarthDay.org explains the beginnings as such:

Senator Gaylord Nelson, a junior senator from Wisconsin, had long been concerned about the deteriorating environment in the United States.  Then in January 1969, he and many others witnessed the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.  Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Senator Nelson wanted to infuse the energy of student anti-war protests with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a teach-in on college campuses to the national media, and persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair.  They recruited Denis Hayes, a young activist, to organize the campus teach-ins and they choose April 22, a weekday falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, to maximize the greatest student participation. 

Read more on EarthDay.org/history/

The rest is history. The first Earth Day was a resounding success, and every April 22nd since, people have celebrated Earth Day bringing awareness to ecological issues, encouraging appreciation for our planet, and inspiring individuals and groups around the world.

“The earth has music for those who listen.”

William Shakespeare

Celebrating Earth Day

This Earth Day, we wish you the best and hope for everyone a chance to go outside and enjoy the Earth we live on whether it be by watching the sunrise, noticing the birds take flight, or simply taking a moment to be mindful of the many wonders around us.

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