By Maeven Eller-Five
Celebrating Earth Day
In the United States, Earth Day turns 49 years old on April 22, 2019. Started in 1970 by US Senator Gaylord Nelson, this observation was created to give the American citizens a collective voice against the devastating environmental impact of the Industrial Revolution.
One Loud Voice
The first Earth Day was far more supported than anyone anticipated. Surprisingly, 20 million people filled the streets to lend their voice to the birth of a protest. On that day an environmental movement started that continues to grow, celebrating by word and deed.
World Wide Earth Day
In 1990, Earth Day grew again when it was adopted as a world wide holiday. On that day, April 22, the people of the world, had one collective voice. With that one voice, supporters had an even better opportunity to address the environmental needs of the our planet.
On April 22, at their local observations, people all over the world gather together to honor our planet. Around the world participants plant trees, and to pick up trash. People work to aid and support the coral reefs, and to clean up the beaches. They show documentaries, hold rallies, and sign petitions, all supporting the original mission of Earth Day. Some organizations celebrate for a full week expanding their ability to make a larger environmental impact.
Mother Earth Day
In 2009, the United Nations renamed the holiday officially to Mother Earth Day. On that day the leaders of the world lent their support to the truth that we must protect our collective mother. Since that day, the event has continued to grow and expand its impact.
Earth Day 2019
This years theme is “Change Your Actions, Change Your Planet.” This theme is intended to draw our attention to how each day our actions impact our environment.
The Wilmington Earth Day Alliance will be holding its event, at Hugh MacRae Park on April 27. The event will start run from 12 PM to 6 PM. Come by Mystic Elements booth and say hello. Each of us have the power to help make a change.