CSR’s Rich Drick flies the Earth Day flag while walking a parade back in 2008.
“Founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday that is sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green awareness. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the antiwar protests of the late 1960s, Earth Day was originally aimed at creating a mass environmental movement. It began as a “national teach-in on the environment” and was held on April 22 to maximize the number of students that could be reached on university campuses. By raising public awareness of air and water pollution, Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight.
Since 1970, Earth Day celebrations have grown. In 1990, Earth Day went global, with 200 million people in over 140 nations participating, according to the Earth Day Network (EDN), a nonprofit organization that coordinates Earth Day activities. In 2000, Earth Day focused on clean energy and involved hundreds of millions of people in 184 countries and 5,000 environmental groups, according to EDN. Activities ranged from a traveling, talking drum chain in Gabon, Africa, to a gathering of hundreds of thousands of people at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Today, the Earth Day Network collaborates with more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries. According to EDN, more than 1 billion people are involved in Earth Day activities, making it “the largest secular civic event in the world.”
(Source: History.com, Earth day)
In honor of Earth Day 2012, Conservation Seeding and Restoration Inc. is offering up three of our favorite reads, straight from the CSR bookshelf. Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded, by Douglas W. Tallamy, A Sand County Almanac; with essays on conservation from Round River, by Aldo Leopold and The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss.
To be entered into this giveaway, simply leave a comment in today’s post sharing how you are celebrating Earth Day 2012.
Every action counts. From riding your bike to work, fixing that leaky faucet or planting a container herb garden. Together we can make a difference.
The winner will be chosen (by random number generator) and announced here in this post on Monday, April 23rd, 2012. One entry per person, please. Good luck!
Congratulations to blog reader, Leanne! You were chosen to be CSR’s Earth Day 2012 book giveaway winner!
Migratory Bird Joint Ventures are cooperative, regional partnerships that work to conserve habitat for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people. In 2012 we celebrate the 25th anniversary of this landmark effort to bring together diverse partners to protect the habitats that birds, and people, rely on for survival.
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Visit local vendor’s booths and watch demonstrations for information and products related to sustainable and healthy living. Enjoy fun and educational Earth Day activities for the whole family!
• Free native plant for the first 150 people!
• Hot Dogs and drinks will be available free, with a recommended donation.
• Bring your own container for 1 free gallon of Living Earth’s Compost Tea!
• Bring a sample of your drinking water for a free nitrate test from IDEQ
Brought to you by CSR, Inc., Living Earth LLC., Idaho Native Plant Society (Loasa Chapter), Falls Brand, Hilex Poly Co LLC. and the ID Dept. of Environmental Quality.
Proceeds will benefit the Kimberly, ID FFA and Eastend 4-H.