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Earth Day

***** Location: Worldwide
***** Season: Spring (April 22)
***** Category: Observance


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How the First Earth Day Came About
By Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day

What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start? These are the questions I am most frequently asked.

Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political "limelight" once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President.

The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day.

Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.

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Earth Day is a time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress. Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions. Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet.

On the anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970, the federal government is cleaning the air, promoting land conservation, and improving water quality.

Earthday.gov is a cooperative effort across the entire U.S. government.


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Things found on the way


earth day
watching mountains
of debris grow

Earth day in our little township has been named as the "big trash pickup day" and there are huge piles of old furniture and other trash being piled on the curbs all up and down the street.

a black tomcat
on the broken sofa
eating leftovers

planting tomatos
under the dead pear tree
where is the shade?

picnic at the park
picking up someone's napkins
before lunch

cold sandwiches
and watermelon

Brenda Roberts, USA


Laka of the forest
celebrated by the hula
earthdays motions

Shanna Moore, Hawaii


Earth Day morning
the robin
turns her eggs

Linda Papanicolaou, USA


the fallow land
soaks up the rain
before the sun

yajushi, India


earth day -
baby hummingbirds
show their peaks



earth day --
the darkness inside
leaf veins

- Shared by Stella Pierides -
Joys of Japan, 2012


Earth Day---
a snake disappears
behind an apple tree

- Shared by Fred Masarani -
Joys of Japan, 2012


Earth Day -
dandelions take over
the side yard

Earth Day -
dandelion fluff
in the wind

- Shared by Elaine Andre -
Joys of Japan, 2013


Earth Day-
I give a bird feeder
to a friend

Angelee Deodhar

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Gabi Greve said...

Earth Hour

Conceived by the World Wide Fund for Nature in 2007, Earth Hour is a worldwide event held on the last Saturday of March annually, encouraging people to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness on climate change.


Gabi Greve said...

chikyuu no hi 地球の日
earth day

every month on the 22


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