Quote of the Day

#435 of 1102

Our farm policy, like our energy policy, is simply to use up all we can. We are (more...)

- Wendell Be (more...)

View past "Quote of the Day"

Sustainability Resources
Better Times: the Webzine!

View past entries

I got your back!  I speak up for wildlife.
Green Resources
The Nature of Design: Ecology... David W. Orr. (more...)

View past entries

Gardening Resources
Garden Simply's Reading Room

View past entries

Peace Be With You
"A Brief History of Earth Day and Environmental Teach–In" cont.’d
By Obiora Embry
Earth Day

Many of us are used to celebrating Earth Day in April but do not know that it is actually in March.  In a 1969 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference in San Francisco, eco–activist John McConnell introduced Earth Day to honor the Spring or Vernal Equinox, a time when the Earth is in a state of balance and harmony because the hours of daylight and darkness are almost equal.  McConnell wanted a specific day set aside every year for humans to respect and cherish Mother Earth, promote and sustain peace, relieve human suffering, and increase the global commitment to the stewardship of our only home—Gaia.  Interestingly, McConnell is also the originator of the "Minute for Peace Program," co–founder of the Earth Society Foundation, and creator of the Earth Flag.  His ultimate desire for Earth Day was to establish a universal holiday to promote peace, justice, and environmental stewardship of the Earth.  At his urging, on 21 March 1970, the first Earth Day took place in San Francisco, a city named after Saint Francis, the patron saint of ecology.  The city was also where the signing of the United Nations Charter took place on 26 June 1945.

Due to the efforts of McConnell and others who recognized the need to mark a renewed awareness of our collective responsibility to the health of the Earth, then–U.N. Secretary General U Thant signed a proclamation declaring Earth Day as the Vernal Equinox on 26 February 1971.

< Previous    Next >