Monday, April 23, 2007

Earth Day 1970

. . . on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was held, one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy. . . " -American Heritage Magazine, October 1993

Do you remember what you did on the first "Earth Day" in 1970?
We had school-wide student participation at our high school with various activities planned. Our school was divided into 4 "houses" and I remember one group held a burial for a car engine. Thinking back .... hmmm .... not sure how earth-conscious it was to bury that in the ground! I wonder if they've unearthed it during the demolition.
My Gen Ed class planned a protest against the automobile. We rode our bikes side-by-side blocking 33rd Drive to Marine Drive. Cars couldn't get past us and the drivers were extremely unhappy. The police ended up coming and used bullhorns to instruct us to move off the road. Personality-wise, I am not the protester type so this was my first and last involvement in this kind of activity!
How did Walt spend his first earth day???? Getting his driver's license!
Seriously, I think we've come a long way in making an effort to become more "green" and we need to continue to educate ourselves in ways we can each make a difference.
To read more on the history of this event check out this site:

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