Earth Day 2010

First, I wanted to apologize for the minimal blogging I’ve been doing lately. School has really been eating away a lot of my free time.

Secondly, I wanted to wish you all a very happy and early EARTH DAY!

This Thursday, April 22nd 2010 is the official 40th Earth Day celebration! You may be wondering, “when did Earth Day start and who started it?”

Well it made it’s first steps in 1962 with the help of Senator Gaylord Nelson. Nelson wanted to bring environmental issues into the “political limelight” by having the then President Kennedy go on a national conservation tour. Kennedy liked the idea and went on a 5 day, 11 state tour in 1963. Unfortunately for Nelson and really the country, it didn’t make environmental issues a more pressing topic in the White House. However, it was the seedling that eventually blossomed into what we now know as Earth Day.

Six years later with the rise in anti-war demonstrations Nelson thought to combine the anti-Vietnam energy with the environmental cause. In September of 1969 he announced a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment to be held in the spring of 1970. When the news got a hold of it, the story ran coast to coast and everyone loved the idea! Ever since then Earth Day has been a successful global event.

In honor of Earth Day, Texas State University is celebrating Earth Day in the Quad along with the annual Bike To School Day event to raise environmental awareness and educate students on green living. There is also an Earth Day celebration at Aquarena Springs with all sorts of environmentally friendly booths and demonstrations going on all day! I’ll be set up at the Rainforest Partnership booth raising awareness about their efforts to preserve the Amazonian rain forest through local sustainable economic projects.

And if you don’t live in the central Texas area just get online or look around, I’m sure there are plenty of Earth Day event to get involved with! Like on the Earth Day website, just type in your zip code and events in your area will pop up!

In order to get you all pumped up for this year’s Earth Day I provided some green links.

NOVA on PBS

Nature on PBS

Earth Hour

The official Earth Day website

Earth Day at National Geographic, with photos, events, and wacky ways to mark the day

I encourage you all to get out there and do something special for the day!
Ride your bike to work or school, take up another green habit, or just let someone else know what day it is!
But don’t forget, EARTH DAY IS EVERYDAY!

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