Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day turns 40!

Earth Day was started 40 years ago by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. He announced his idea for a nationwide teach-in day on the environment hoping that a grassroots outcry about environmental issues might prove to Washington, D.C. just how distressed Americans were.

On April 22 1970, Earth Day marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Approximately 20 million Americans participated. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, Freeway and expressway revolts, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

Now Earth Day is observed on April 22 each year by more than 500 million people in countries around the world. Earth Day activities continue to focus on environmental education; local, national, and global policies; public environmental campaigns; and organizing national and local earth day events to promote activism and environmental protection.

Murfreesboro's 9th annual Earth Day Celebration will be this Saturday April 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Civic Plaza in front of City Hall on Vine St. Free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks, information on earth-friendly conservation practices, door prizes and information booths. Murfreesboro's Urban Environmental Department will be offering white oak, white swamp oak and red oak trees in gallon-containers on a first come, first served basis. Plus there will be musical entertainment. (Rain location will be in the gym at Patterson Park. People can call 615-494-0407 to see if the event has been moved.)
To get some tips on how to be green see Tip #1, #2, #3.


Kristen said...

Murfreesboro's Earth Day Celebration has already been moved to Patterson Center because of forecasted rain for Saturday.

windflowers said...

go green forever..for our one earth...:)