Cape May County Earth Day 2017

Published on Mar 06, 2017 at 11:04a.m.

The 2017 Cape May County Earth Day Event will be held on Saturday, April 22nd (the day of the National Earth Day celebration!) at the Cape May County Park & Zoo.  Please come and join us for a day of FUN, education, environmental awareness, and community togetherness.  For more information about scheduled events click this link. Link to Flyer 

Questions about the event or becoming an exhibitor, should be directed to:

Lyn Crumbock, County Recycling Coordinator

(609) 465-9026 ext. 1270

The following is excerpted from the Earth Day Network :

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

Earth Day 1970 gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns on the front page.

The Idea of Earth Day

The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.  Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Senator Nelson realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.  Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment”.  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, factories, power plants, raw sewage release, 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.  These Acts led to massive federal spending on infrastructure projects designed to lead to a healthier future natural environment and generated countless pages of regulations designed to force polluters to have less impact on the environment.

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