The First Earth Day . . . and Still Counting

EarthDayGreeleyTribune To mark the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970, I participated in a pre-Earth Day program at our local library to promote the Youth of the Earth Festival, a community event organized for the first time last year by the Youth of the Earth Council and Sustainable Revolution Longmont. The free festival this Wednesday at the Boulder County fairgrounds from 4 to 7 PM will include music and dance performances by local schools and youth groups; recycling; storytelling; education about bees, birds, and energy; healthy food prepared by an on-site chef; and games with locally donated prizes. If you don’t live in our area, I hope you’ll find an Earth Day event near you. At the library event, I read my chapter “The First Earth Day . . . and Still Counting” from A Bushel’s Worth: An Ecobiography because I wanted to share the early days of Earth Day with the students involved this year. I created a visual background video to show 1970s Earth Day images, as well as more recent photos from our farm connecting that time to the environment today. In the essay, I talk about planting an apple tree in memory of my fifth grade teacher, Mr. Osborn, in whose class I celebrated the first Earth Day, so I included a visual sequence about growing, picking, and pressing apples for cider on our farm. applebaskets Forty-five years isn’t much time to turn around the ecological problems confronting our planet. In fact, today’s it’s clear that the state of the earth is worse than anyone imagined forty-five years ago. It seems we’re facing a tipping point from which we must push harder for the changes needed to adapt and survive. This is no time to abandon hope. It’s only time to hold hope closer as we work together—finally–toward a more sustainable future.

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4 responses to “The First Earth Day . . . and Still Counting

  1. Pingback: Concerted Efforts Toward the Good | Pearlmoonplenty

  2. Lorna

    Loved the video Kayann. Glad Mr. O planted that seed so many years ago. Look where it has taken you! So happy you share Stonbridge with us.

  3. For my part, I daily try to do one good thing for the planet, our nation, my city, or my neighborhood. Usually that means, on my short walk to the mail box, picking up trash thrown from some passing automobile. I never seem to have a problem finding ample evidence that there are a whole bunch of the driving public who have not gotten the “respect mother earth” message.

  4. Sorry! The PMP email didn’t include the embedded video. You can click on the title to see the web version or use one of these links to the video on Vimeo or youtube:

    https://pearlmoonplenty.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/the-first-earth-day-and-still-counting/

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