Our marbles are placed inside a large circle drawn with green string, and as I roll mine out from ten feet across the floor I somehow get the closest, surpassing the younger members of the household who are surprised at the feat of the first shot. For it is my luckiest shooter, a smallish dark blue one with delicate swirls of white, interspersed with patches of yellow and green -- a beauty to behold in space and time, not unlike the planet on which we live. Play ensues with sighs and laughs -- a change in tempo brought on by being indoors for the past month. As we gather in our winnings, perspective opens to behold a dusty red; yellowish-white; stormy orange-red-brown; patchy gray; sublime rose, among many other marbles of varying size and color, with pause for thought: sometimes it's a matter of stepping outside the circle to understand the value of what's inside -- of not just taking what we moved, but looking beyond to see how we can make it better.
Celebrated annually around the globe on April 22nd, Earth Day began in 1970 as a way to raise awareness and support for environmental protection. A nation-wide teach-in was proposed by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson who hired Denis Hayes, a young activist, to be the coordinator of events in 141 nations. Hayes founded the Earth Day Network, has been president of the Bullitt Foundation, and continues to lead policy and practice in environment and energy.
As we mark its 50th anniversary, this year's theme is climate action, and this celebration is like no other! Amid the COVID 19 pandemic, Earth Day goes digital, with extensive opportunities to join the digital terrain by tuning into conversations, performances, and activity. So let's circle 'round and support this important initiative while applying science and civic responsibility to our aim for the big blue marble.
The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- Bird, D. (1970, Apr 20). Earth Day Plans Focus On City: Earth Day Plans Focus On New York. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Denton, H. and Claudia Levy. (1970, Apr 22). March On Interior To Highlight Earth Day Activities In D.C.: Earth Day Schedule In Washington Area. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973)
- Durant, J. (1970, Apr 19). Earth Day? An Old Story In Naples: Earth Day in Naples, Fla. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Earth Day Events To Be Conducted On L.A. Campuses: Earth Day. (1970, Apr 22). Los Angeles Times (1923-1995) ezproxy.cul.columbia.edu/docview/156434018?accountid=10226
- Earth Day Observances Slated: Earth Day Rites. (1970, Apr 19). Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- Harwood, R. (1970, Apr 23). Earth Day Stirs Nation: Millions Observe Earth Day in U.S. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973)
- Omang, J. (1980, Apr 22). Earth Day, A Decade Later: From A Simple 'Cause' To Complex Effects Earth Day: Complex Movement Matures. The Washington Post (1974-Current File)
- Earth Day To Earth Day, And Beyond. (1990, Apr 22). Chicago Tribune (1963-1996)
- Sappell, J. (1990, Apr 22). Reflections Earth Day 1970-1990: 'My Real Concern Isn't... Earth Day, But Earth Tomorrow.'. Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- Wald, M. L. (1990, Apr 22). Guarding Environment: A World Of Challenges: Earth Day At 20 How Green the Globe? A Special Report. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- TC Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day: A Talk with Professor Oren Pizmony-Levy, Wednesday, 4/22, 6-8pm
- Daily News from Around the World: 4/22/20 offers curated news articles and images on Earth Day
- Planet Earth, Courtesy of PublicDomainPictures.net
- Special News Slide, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries
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