As another Earth Day comes upon us I think it is important to take some time to reflect on what Earth Day means to us. The first ever Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 and was the idea of Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator. Nelson was inspired by the many political protests on the 1960s and sought to harness that energy toward a developing public consciousness about pollution. The first Earth Day was a great success and people across the spectrum gave support to a day to celebrate the earth and it lent a hand in passing the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. As the years have gone by Earth Day has spread across the globe and has brought environmental issues and action onto the world stage.
Today Earth Day celebrations come in all different shapes and sizes. Parks offer clean ups and family friendly activities, political groups rally around environmental causes, fairs and festivals take place gathering people together to “love your mother [Earth]” as the bumper stickers say. Here at Southern Oregon University there are an array of events from pollinator celebrations, to musical performances, to bike rides, and discovering ways to get involved with environmental groups both on and off campus. On Saturday the 25th the Rogue Valley celebrates Earth Day with an event at Science Works where anyone can join in and see what different groups are doing in the Rogue Valley to have a positive impact on the environment.
As Environmental Educators this day may be one of the most important to our cause. It is a day that reminds people that the earth is in need and individuals have the power to do something about it. It is a day where we can easily connect with people who are already conscious of environmental issues or educate those who are unaware of problems and help to work toward solutions. It is a day we should celebrate and enjoy what the earth has given us and make sure we give something back. So weather you choose to celebrate Earth Day by joining in a rally, picking up some trash, or maybe just taking a moment to enjoy a little nature remember all the work that is being done by our planet and by people working toward a cause and celebrate.
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