Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22. This year will be the 47th Earth Day! In Sacramento, our Earth Day events will be highlighted by a festival at Southside Park, Sunday April 23rd, from 11 AM – 4 PM. There will be live music, educational booths, kids’ activities, picnics, and fun, all designed to increase environmental awareness and literacy to our Sacramento region.
Any seniors still in search of Service Learning independent hours — or other students interested giving back to your community and environment — go to: www.ecosacramento.net/about-us/events/sacearthday/volunteer/. Here you will find ways to volunteer and make a difference!
Earth Day began as an idea to create awareness and change during the late 1960s, a time of great upheaval. Across the country, the civil rights and anti-war movements emboldened the new environmental movement to take a stand towards positive change. From the Earthday.org site:
“On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. “It was a gamble,” Gaylord recalled, “but it worked.”
CCCS, as a school and community, can do our part by continuing our efforts in service learning, increasing our environmental literacy by including environmental lessons across the curriculum including math, ELA, and social sciences in addition to our science lessons, and in getting out to see this great big beautiful world.
This spring, our high school students will get to join teachers on 2 hikes in our community. These hikes are designed for fun and fitness.
In addition, we will be returning to Yosemite National Park next fall for a four day Outdoor Learning Adventure! So this weekend, when the unending rain of 2017 is scheduled to take a break, get outside and enjoy Earth Day and the amazing planet we call home!
Social Science Specialist