Earth Day, celebrated each year on April 22, marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement that began in 1970. Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday, and serves as a day of education about environmental issues.
The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI), and inspired by the anti-Vietnam War protests of the late 1960s, Earth Day was originally aimed at creating a mass environmental movement. It began as a “national teach-in on the environment,” and was held on April 22 to maximize the number of students that could be reached on university campuses. By raising public awareness of air and water pollution, Senator Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight. It is safe to say that he largely accomplished that goal.
In 1990, Earth Day went global, with 200 million people in over 140 nations participating, according to the Earth Day Network (EDN), a nonprofit organization that coordinates Earth Day activities. Today, EDN collaborates with more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries. EDN estimates that more than 1 billion people are involved in Earth Day activities, making it “the largest secular civic event in the world.”
HOW PLYMOUTH HARBOR IS CONTRIBUTING
With the establishment of the Conservation Committee several years ago, Plymouth Harbor does its part to contribute to the green movement. The committee promotes conservation of resources within Plymouth Harbor, including recycling, water, and electricity usage, and other appropriate conservation measures. The committee also researches and makes recommendations on ways in which Plymouth Harbor may become more environmentally responsible. The committee has begun tracking Plymouth Harbor’s recycling, water, and electricity usage over the last few years.
PLYMOUTH HARBOR’S 2016 EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
Friday, April 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. in the Club Room.
The Conservation Committee invites all Plymouth Harbor residents to its annual Earth Day Celebration. At this year’s event, you can expect something different! We will provide refreshments, and most importantly interactive, informative, and fun activities! There will be giveaways, trivia, videos, and prizes. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more information.