Friday, March 20, 2009

In Celebrating Earth Day

The story goes that Earth Day was conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson and his assistant Denis Hayes after a trip they took to Santa Barbara right after the horrific oil spill off our coast in 1969. On the 22nd of April, 1970, Earth Day marks the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Approximately 20 million Americans participated, with a goal of a healthy, sustainable environment. . Click here for more detail on the history.

Denis Hayes, the national coordinator, and his youthful staff organized massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power planrs, raw sewage, toxic dumps,pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extincion of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values
Many cities extend the Earth Day celebration to be an entire week, usually starting on April 16, and ending on Earth Day, April 22nd and people around the world celebrate the event.
In celebrating Earth Day this year, The South Coast Earth Day Festival is supporting a Green Car Show on April, 19th, click here to see the flyer. This show serves as a showroom featuring the latest technologies in hybrid and advanced-fuel vehicles.



For further reading on Earth day history, please visit the following websites:
http://www.earthday.gov/
http://www.epa.gov/EarthDay/
http://www.earthsite.org/day.htm

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