Earth Day's 50th Anniversary
Greetings! In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we thought it would be nice to send a special edition of our quarterly newsletter.
In 1970, Earth Day gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet (it also began here in the Pacific Northwest!) In the decades prior to the first Earth Day, humans had polluted the air, water, land, wildlife and human life. We have come a long way in 50 years, and we still have farther to go.
Learn more about the history of Earth Day and watch a video clip from 1970.
If you feel anxious or sad about the way our lives have been disrupted by the global pandemic, we ask you to look for the silver lining in that big blue sky. Despite the many challenges we face, much progress has been made and we can continue to make it better, including by celebrating Earth Day.
There are all kinds of things we can do from home:
- Recycle right. Help make sure everyone at home puts the right things in the bin. This conserves our precious natural resources. Request our recycling reminders or make a poster of your own to place above your recycle bin.
- Pick up litter. Grab some gloves and a bucket. Go around your driveway, parking area, alley or down the street and pick up all the litter that can harm the amazing aquatic habitats that connect to Puget Sound. Snap a picture and share it on social media using #EarthDay50
- Grow a garden. Grow your own vegetables from seeds and plants to reduce trips to the grocery store and feel more connected to our earth. For free classes and tips, see our partners at Pierce Conservation District and WSU Master Gardeners.
There is a South Sound movement to celebrate Earth Day with a tree theme. Visit earthdaysouthsound.org to find out more and search social media for #EarthDaySouthSound.
Speaking of celebrating with trees! We found this photo from the first Earth Day in 1970 at the Tacoma Public Library’s digital collection. A group of students from Stadium High School prepared to plant trees on Pacific Ave. between 7th and 9th Streets as part of a beautification project. The girl in the center of the photo is Madelyn McKenna, who also organized 90 speakers on Earth Day topics at the school, including Senator Henry M. Jackson.