On April 22, 1970, the modern environmental movement began with the first Earth Day. Twenty million Americans gathered in their communities, colleges, universities, primary and secondary schools to raise public awareness about air and water pollution throughout the country. Since then, Earth Day has turned into a globally coordinated celebration spanning over 190 countries and focusing on a broad range of environmental issues, from local water quality to global climate change.
April 22, 2020 will be the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, and while we will be celebrating individually this year, we can all still make a difference!
Earth Day 2020 Theme: Climate Action
The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.” – EarthDay.org
BTLT Reflects on Earth Day at 50
“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day
As is true for all of the celebrations and observances that are occurring during these extraordinary times brought about by COVID-19, it feels odd to be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day amidst so much anxiety, fear and suffering. But there is something comforting, too, about maintaining bits of normalcy when possible and celebrating the things that bring us joy when we can. Nature’s abundance and the gifts we all receive from the earth are worth celebrating now more than ever.
As a way to mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, BTLT has compiled some personal memories of the first Earth Day from Land Trust leaders and supporters. Click here to read those stories.
Our hope is that these stories may inspire those of you who read them to reflect on your own, personal experiences with Earth Day and that you will be willing to share your stories as well. If you would like to share a story or picture (or both), please email them to email@example.com and we will add them to the blog post as we receive them.
Thank you and may your Earth Day celebration include getting outside and finding comfort in nature.
Ways to Take Part:
All of the following take place on April 22 unless otherwise noted.