EARTH DAY 2013 - This special day dedicated to our Mother Earth was first recognized on April 22nd, 1970, and got it's start by then-U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis. After witnessing the ravages of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, and inspired by the student anti-war movement, Sen. Nelson called for an environmental teach-in, later called "Earth Day", to be held on Wednesday, April 22nd, 1970.
Sen. Nelson stated, "I am convinced that all we need to do to bring an overwhelming insistence of the new generation that we stem the tide of environmental disaster is to present the facts clearly and dramatically. To marshal such an effort, I am proposing a national teach-in on the crisis of the environment to be held next spring on every university campus across the Nation. The crisis is so imminent, in my opinion, that every university should set aside 1 day in the school year-the same day across the Nation-for the teach-in".
Over 20 million people participated in 1970, and since then Earth Day is observed on April 22nd each year by over one billion people, and many national governments in hundreds of countries. Earth Day events are held around the world to show support for environmental protection and raise consciousness each year. April 22nd was also designated as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2009. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
From Boulder to Rio, London to New York, Tokyo to Cairo, New Delhi to Beijing, Denver to Longmont, communities everywhere will voice their concerns for the planet and hopefully, take action to protect it.
Please check out these links to local Boulder celebrations and happenings for Earth Day 2013:
- Race to support Boulder's Center for Resource Conservation: active.com
- "WILD EARTH! Join us for the 12th annual Wild Earth Day, Sunday May 5th, 11am-4pm FREE to the public. Walk, ride your bike, ride the bus or carpool to Boulder County’s largest Earth Day event to be held at Central Park, Boulder Colorado: wildbear.org
- City of Boulder Earth Day happenings sponsored by the city: bouldercolorado.gov
- Green business information in and around the Boulder area: redirectguide.com
Other Earth Day and current environmental updates and information can be found at:
Better yet, make Earth Day everyday.
Here are a few ways you can help be part of the solution for bettering our earth and the environment:
- Support local and national "green" businesses: hotels, grocers, restaurants, retail stores, builders, etc.
- Purchase organic and non-toxic items: food, clothing, fertilizer, cleaning products, etc.
- Green up your home. Turn the thermostat down at least 2 degrees in the winter and up 2 degrees in the summer. Make sure windows and doors are efficient and not drafty, upgrade to a high-efficency furnace. Purchase energy star appliances and lightbulbs. Unplug electronics when not in use.
- Buy upcycled clothing, furniture and housewares from consignment and thrift stores. Donate unwanted items to these industries, too.
- Recycle as much of your debris and discards as possible, even electronics, building materials and medications.
- Compost: grass, leaves, sticks, and kitchen scraps
- Support Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and local Farmer's Markets
- Consider alternative energy sources for your home or business such as solar and wind power.
- Walk, carpool or take the bus to work or school.
- Write a letter to a government official regarding an environmental situation that is bothering you to see how we can change it.
- Plant a tree
So, think about what you can do to be a part of the solution on this one precious Earth. Think about how can you help to make this planet of ours better and cleaner. Every effort, small or large, easy or difficult, matters. Do it for the plants, animals, oceans, your children and your children's children. Now, go and do something!