recycle-29227_1280I can’t believe it! Spring is in the air and Earth Day is right around the corner. Although, this year is no ordinary year, it marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Not to long ago, many were oblivious to the need for environmental change. Most people were busy opposing the Vietnam War and buying bigger cars. Minds began to awaken when in 1962; Rachel Carson came out with her bestseller “Silent Spring” which raised awareness about the dangerous effects of pesticides in America’s crops. Several years later in 1969, a fire broke out in Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River, which shed light on the detrimental effects of chemical waste disposal. Only then, did fear begin to rise within American citizens. On April 22, 1970, rallies were held in most of America’s major cities. In New York City, Mayor John Lindsay organized an environmental rally that encompassed celebrities like Paul Newman and Ali McGraw. According to Earth Day Network, “Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.” Unlike many years ago, today there are hundreds of environmental groups that yearn to see a better and cleaner tomorrow. A couple of events that are taking place this weekend is Global Citizen’s event in Washington D.C. and the New York Earth Day Initiative event in New York City.

Global Citizen will be hosting a concert event at the Washington Monument Grounds this Saturday the 18th to commemorate Earth Day. Together with world leaders, Global Citizen “will work to educate and inspire citizens to take immediate action to end extreme poverty and address climate change”. Celebrities such as Usher, No Doubt, and others will raise their voices to encourage and enlighten others to take action.

In New York City, others are taking initiative to raise awareness by sponsoring exhibitions and activities for children. The New York Earth Day Initiative will be hosting several fun activities in Union Square on April 19th from 12 to 7pm. I attached a link below that contains a flyer listing all the events in further detail.

Union Square Earth Day Activity Flyer: http://earthdayny.org/2015-events

For other FREE Earth Day events in the New York area, go to http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/earth_and_arbor_days

*Save the environment by sending this flyer to parents/friends by emailing this link or send a push notification through Parentglue’s Parent Relationship Manager app.

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Other resources:

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/earth-day

http://earthdayny.org/home