Installed at Clover Point in Victoria, B.C. for Earth Day, April 22, 2000
This year, Earth Day 2012 is being organized around the theme of A Billion Acts of Green®, which encourages individuals, corporations and non-corporate organizations to “live and act sustainably.”
This Global Celebration of Earth day was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson who presented an idea to both Attorney General, Robert Kennedy, and President, John F. Kennedy. From this meeting a “five-day, 11-state conservation tour in September 1963″ by President Kennedy followed just two months before he was assassinated.
Senator Gaylord Nelson came up with an idea of a grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment after devoting many years and a ton of energy towards educating others. With “neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators,” Nelson, his senatorial staff and dozens of volunteers, including “thousands of schools and local communities” brought together an American public just waiting for a platform to voice their concerns about the environment. Nelson said, “That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.”
After 40 years, Earth Day has organized itself into 77,862,183 people having pledged to do their part to help planet earth.
Enjoy exploring what is happening in your community and get out and participate!