Since 1970, the United States has celebrated Earth Day on April 22. The day marks the anniversary of the birth of the environmental movement. This movement led to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.
Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a Democratic U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, felt he needed to do something after witnessing the 1969 massive off-shore oil spill in Santa Barbara.
The Senator persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair, and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator.
More stories will follow this week, but here are three local ideas:
VILLAGE GREEN WORKDAY:
The next garden workday to help spruce up the triangular private park at Swarthmore, Antioch and Sunset will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 21. The park is operated by a nonprofit, the Village Green Board.
No experience is necessary to help sweep, weed, rake and pick up trash. It will be a good opportunity to meet board members. Village Green co-presidents Betsy Collins and Cindy Kirven said, “We welcome everyone! We supply the rakes, brooms, trash bags and good cheer.” Visit: palisadesvillagegreen.org.
There will be a Park Beautification Earth Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the Rustic Canyon Recreation Center.
Organizers said, “Join us for a day of community and beautifying the vegetation around the facility and from pulling weeds to planting flowers.” Service hours are available for teens, who might need them. E-mail email@example.com for more information.
PAUL REVERE MIDDLE SCHOOL:
A schoolwide cleanup at Paul Revere Middle School, 1450 Allenford, is scheduled for Saturday, April 22. This will be first-ever (inside and out), beautification at the campus and will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be supplies, snacks and music “to help keep you moving.” Organizers wrote that this event is not only to beautify the campus, but to also to bring the community together. “Come onto the campus and get to know the school, make new friends and play it forward” click here.