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Earth Day

– the story

During the 1960s environmental concerns: smog, pollution, pesticides, and oils spills had grown to such a level that the public began to look for ways to bring more attention to the problems in search for solutions.

Proclaimed as a day to nurture neighbor and nature the first, less heard of, Earth Day took place on the first day of spring, March 20, 1970.  Founder, participants.

Later the United Nations sanctioned that the first day of spring be recognized as Earth Day. To this day, each year, the tradition continues and the peace bell rings at the first moment of spring.

Inspired by environmental concerns and supported by government agencies, an estimated 20 million Americans gathered for rallies, teach-ins, speeches, and publicity gimmicks on April 22, 1970.   It has since been recognized as the beginning of the environmental movement.  To countless participants, that first Earth Day was a turning point in their lives which they remember to this day with awe and reverence.

In 1990, twenty years later, still focused on solutions to preserve and protect the environment, the Earth Day movement went global and locally, and the first Earth Day event took place in San Luis Obispo County. Members of the grass roots community worked under the umbrella of the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) as the Earth Day Coalition.

Realizing that Earth Day takes a considerable amount of time, energy, and its own fund-raising and outreach, in 1999 the group applied for nonprofit status under the name of the Earth Day Alliance, Inc. Its most important mission is to coordinate an annual Earth Day event in SLO and to create alliances between the environmental movement and the community.

Learn more about Earth Day SLO 2010 by visiting the www.earthdayalliance.com. Feel free to call the Earth Day Alliance, Inc. at (805) 544-8529 or send an email to earthdayslo@gmail.com.