Did You Know?
Andie Filler '18, Sustainability Intern for Curriculum Development
Earth Day was established on April 22nd, 1970, by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as a “national teach-in on the environment.” Twenty million Americans participated in protests and rallies to promote sustainable practices and condemn the rapid deterioration of the environment. This event in American history marks the beginning, and quite possibly the major catalyst, for the modern environmental movement.
In 1990, Earth Day efforts were expanded globally involving upwards of 200 million people in over 140 countries. Currently, the holiday is celebrated by over a billion people every year, the largest secular observance in the world.
This year, SCU’s GREEN club is not only planning a spectacular Earth Day, but an eventful and thought-provoking Earth Week! Themes for the week will include food, water, waste, and environmental justice. Each day will emphasize a specific call to action to encourage student participation in sustainability on campus and increase awareness of individual environmental impact. Additional activities throughout the week will include outdoor educational installations on Kenna Lawn, a film screening, an open lecture on environmental justice through an economic lens, and a vendor fair showcasing local, environmentally-conscious businesses and organizations. Earth Week will culminate on Friday with an Earth Day Parade, complete with live music, sustainable snacks, and funky costumes!
Come out to celebrate our common home and planet, and find out what you can do to live more sustainably!