Earth Day,*22. April, 1970

22 Apr

It’s been observed since April 1970 – was pioneered by John McConnell in 1969. However, a second Earth Day was founded by US State Senator Gaylord Nelson, after he witnessed the consequences of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill in 1969. He planned it as a general educational forum to discuss complicated issues (a Teach-in). While the event was kept Stateside in the beginning,  an organisation launched by Denis Hayes- who was the original national coordinator in 1970, made the effort to take it internationally – to 141 nations, and today it’s coordinated by Earth Day Network.

The day’s 30th anniversary in 2000 was used to promote a global call for cleaner energy while 2010 saw the launch an initiative to plant 1m trees. But in light of the report from the IEA (Input To Clean Energy) the figures have been underwhelming and could be doing better:
As for the 1 million trees, New York alone has reached 662,111 trees to date, The Big Tree Plant, UK website claims to have planted 239,514 in towns, cities and neighbourhoods over England.

There are always pros and contras and people singing about the Planet, about the dire situation but as Funkadelic so aptly put it with Maggot Brain (the song unintended to be an earth anthem);

Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time
For y’all have knocked her up.
I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe
I was not offended
For I knew I had to rise above it all
Or drown in my own shit.

John Denver also wrote the song ‘Plant A Tree’ for the National Arbor Day Foundation, but I can’t quite bring myself to download and blog it. Instead heres ELOs Everyones Born To Die to start your day – a jolly old song where Jeff Lynne seems to be under the Influence of Dylan.


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