There are a few tell-tale signs that spring is right around the corner: lemonade stand sightings, overflowing bowls of ice cream with sugar cones and a worldwide celebration of the very planet we inhabit. That’s right, I am talking about Earth Day. For those of you who don’t know what Earth Day is (what? are you from another planet?) here is a brief history.
Seeing a need for environmental awareness and education, United States Senator, Gaylord Nelson (1916-2005), a Democrat from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in to be held on April 22nd, 1970. The scope of this teach-in was to help raise awareness of environmental issues such as oil spills, air pollution, the loss of wilderness and anything else that causes imminent danger to the planet. Not being confined to just one city or state, the call was made for a nationwide celebration and looked to communities, along with colleges and universities, as well as primary and secondary schools to help spread the word.
Starting from a humble grassroots level, Earth Day has now grown into a worldwide event and is observed in 192 countries connected by the Earth Day Network. Over 1 billion people a year participating in Earth Day activities makes it the “largest civic observance in the world” (Earthday.org). So on April 22nd 2012 (and a day or two before) get out and get involved. Whether you are interested in doing clean up along the Charles River, having a picnic, attending a concert, taking a hike or much, much more, here are some Earth Day activities in the Greater Boston area.
- Earth Day Hike–Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, MA A celebration of land protected. Learn about the history, habitats and wildlife of Wachusett Meadow.
- Picnic for the Planet with the Nature Conservancy, Boston Frog Pond, Boston, MA Enjoy live music and Be part of The Nature Conservancy’s attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the largest global picnic while learning how to be green.
- 13th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup At sites all along the Charles River and its tributaries
- Musketaquid Earth Day 2012 Celebration, Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, Concord MA Parade, festival, fun and food.
- So many more Earth Day 2012 Activities throughout Massachusetts