When the idea of Earth Day was born in 1970, it grew out of the need to celebrate, herald and take action to preserve all of the natural abundance that the Earth has given to man. During the time leading up to the 1970’s, the earth was being ravaged by devastating pollution, choking smog and toxic waste due to unregulated industrial production.
According to the Earth Day Network, the first Earth Day was a major-league call to action and considered by many to be the first “modern environmental movement.” Cities and individuals alike were encouraged to begin cleaning up their neighborhoods and towns. It was the first time that people were asked to “recycle and reuse” rather than to throw away and pollute. The first research about the alarming effects of using aerosol spray cans and its horrific impact on the ozone layer was revealed. People were genuinely concerned that the rate of industrial neglect would transform the environment into a soupy, radioactive cesspool for our children’s children.
Fast forward to today and you’ll see that lady Earth Day has grown up to be an international icon at the ripe old age of 42. Not only has the act of recycling, composting and repurposing become a part of our natural vocabulary, it has become endemic to our lives and global survival. If you or your family are thinking about joining the nationwide celebrations that are happening for Earth Day 2012, here are but a few festivities to consider attending:
Earth Day 2012 Events – Sunday, April 22, 2012
Event: Homily/Sermon on Community of Life and Equitable Sustainability
Place: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
Location: Tenafly, New Jersey
Time: Sunday, April 22, 2012 – 12am to 12:00 am
Attend a celebratory sermon on bio-diversity, climate change and ongoing environmental advances
Event: Sims Recycling Solution NYC Safe Disposal Safe Disposal Events
Place: New York’s Five Boroughs: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island
Dates: Sunday, April 22, 2012 through Saturday, May 19, 2012
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Repurpose and recycle hard to dispose of waste materials at these safe recycling centers throughout New York City. Don’t miss out. Check the announcements for appropriate borough dates.
Event Contact: 916.746.7326
Event: Louisiana Earth Day
Place: Downtown Baton Rouge along North Boulevard from the Old State Capitol to the Old Governor’s Mansion
Date: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Time: 12:00pm to 5:pm Education Activities; 12:00pm to 8:30pm Entertainment
Come out to join recycling fairs, the science challenge or visit the Sustainability Pavilion and more
Event Contact: Brenda Nixon at [email protected] or 225.205.2680
Event: Earth Day on the National Mall
Place: The National Mall in Washington, DC
Date: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Time: 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Thousands are expected to attend this sprawling event for the environmentally-conscious in our nation’s capital.
Do your part to protect the planet. Happy Earth Day.