The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share - Lady Bird Johnson
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The History of Earth Day
Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
The height of counterculture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” War raged in Vietnam and students nationwide overwhelmingly opposed it.
At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.
7 ways we’ve made the Earth better since the last Earth Day
Earth Day is here again on April 22, and since the last time our planet reached this part of its orbit, humanity has actually taken surprisingly big new steps to avert the gargantuan threats to life as we know it: toxic pollution, habitat destruction, extinction, and climate change. These problems stem from the things we build, buy, and eat. But that also means if we change our actions, we can solve them.
Earth Day 2023: green or greenwashed?
Earth Day falls on April 22nd every year, and I’ve come to dread it. More often than not, as an environmental reporter, it means sifting through a million announcements from companies shouting about how they’re trying to save the planet.
After 53 Earth Days, Society Still Hasn't Collapsed
Cassandra in Greek mythology was the Trojan priestess who was cursed to utter true prophecies but never to be believed. Ideological environmentalism features a cohort of reverse Cassandras: They make false prophecies that are widely believed.
EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in over 192 countries to drive positive action for our planet.
Earth Day Initiative
Earth Day Initiative is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes environmental awareness and solutions through partnerships with schools, community organizations, businesses, and governments. We do so through year-round programs as well as our annual Earth Day events.
Celebrating Sun–Earth Day: A Total Eclipse of the Mind
Though the debate rages on, this story highlights the importance of the collaboration between scientists and artists. Visual artists are keen, intelligent, faithful, and dedicated observers of human perception—so there is ample potential for collaboration and cross-fertilization with perceptual neuroscience. In our own research, we have studied illusions devised by both painters and magicians, and we find that we, as scientists, have as much to learn from artists as they do from us.
Earth Day - What can be done about plastics
The planet earth is absolutely beautiful and we have a moral and financial commitment to ensure that the world we pass to the future generations is not destroyed by this one.
Earth Day Edicts
What to focus on if you really want to green your lifestyle.
Earth Day Message -- Don't Stress Out
Since Americans who think global warming is happening outnumber those who think it isn’t by more than a 5 to 1 ratio, we seem to be ready to move in some direction. That direction is to embrace all these green strategies, and all non-fossil fuel energy sources, in order to have any chance for real change. So don’t stress out – go green.
Earth Day Tips
Here are simple and easy tips to help you go green, protect the earth, save money and make every day Earth Day. You can make a difference!
For Earth Day, a look at how people around the world view climate change
Here are five facts about how people globally see climate change, drawn from a 2018 Pew Research Center survey on how people evaluate eight potential threats, as well as other polls conducted by the Center...
How can we help kids cope with 'eco-anxiety'?
More and more children are experiencing "eco-anxiety": a chronic fear of environmental doom. But some are converting their panic into a force for good.
How to celebrate Earth Day from home
Many organizations are taking their festivities online and there are still a number of things you can do at home to recognize the occasion. Here are a few ways you can safely celebrate Earth Day from home.
I Asked Teens For Advice For Earth Day And What They Said Gives Us Hope
With the consent of their parents, I asked them what they recommend for the Earth or the environment in one sentence. Their answers were not solicited in categories, but I have organized them into key theme areas...
Making Earth Day Matter
What needs to happen for “the largest civic-focused day of action in the world” to be more than a huge empty gesture?
On Earth Day, Let Lab Girl Persuade You to Plant a Tree
Every single year, at least one tree is cut down in your name. Here’s my personal request to you: If you own any private land at all, plant one tree on it this year. If you are renting a place with a yard, plant a tree in it and see if your landlord notices.
Party Like It’s Earth Day 2019
This Monday, April 22, marks Earth Day’s 49th birthday. The annual holiday has come a long way since its inception in 1970, back when the word “environment” was more likely to come up in spelling bees than news reports. Amazingly, 20 million Americans took to the streets that first Earth Day to demonstrate against oil spills, industrial pollution, toxic dumps, pesticides, and wildlife extinction, paving the way for the creation of the EPA and propelling environmental issues to front-page news. Today, more than 193 countries celebrate Earth Day, and many communities have stretched the celebration into seven days’ worth of eco-focused activities, a.k.a. Earth Week.
Seven Spectacular Places Saved by the Environmental Movement
To celebrate Earth Day, visit a spot that was almost flooded, polluted, or paved over.
This Earth Day, Spotify Is Handing the Mic to Young Climate Activists
Spotify is using the power and impact of our global platform to amplify the voices of next-generation climate activists fighting to dismantle global environmental injustices and find climate justice across social, economic, and policy changes. We’re handing them a microphone via our platform and redesigned Climate Action Hub to listen to their stories of climate change and its impact on daily life, as well as share actionable ways for listeners to get involved.
When the Earth Moved
Earth Day had consequences: it led to the Clean Air Act of 1970, the Clean Water Act of 1972, and the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and to the creation, just eight months after the event, of the Environmental Protection Agency. Then, forty years after Earth Day, in the summer of 2010, the environmental movement suffered a humiliating defeat as unexpected as the success of Earth Day had been.
Why Earth Day's creator might not celebrate Earth Day
"Gaylord's unique contribution is that he was the first person to see the political importance of conservation, that it could be used to mobilize people," Denis Hayes, one of the first Earth Day's organizers, said after Nelson's death in 2005. "He recognized the partnership between traditional conservation issues and the new emerging urban and industrial issues. Largely forgotten is that he was the first and most important to help us build bridges between environmental concerns and organized labor."
The History of Earth Day
Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The height of counterculture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” War raged in Vietnam and students nationwide overwhelmingly opposed it.
7 things we've learned about Earth since the last Earth Day
After all, a lot has changed since the very first Earth Day in 1970. Back then, America's most urgent environmental problems were smog and water pollution. In the years since, we've made remarkable progress mopping that up, only to confront fresh challenges like global warming and ocean acidification. Even today, our knowledge of the Earth keeps evolving with each passing year. We've uncovered new geological features. We've brought endangered species back from the brink of extinction. We've transformed the atmosphere, for better and worse.
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