Earth Day 2017 Marches to the Beat of Science
Way back in 1970, the first Earth Day brought 20 million Americans into the streets to show their support for the environment. That event led to the creation, later that year, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. This April 22nd, 47 years later, those key bulwarks of the environment need us all to give them an even bigger show of support.
But have no fear, Earth Day this year promises to deliver. Nationwide, event organizers are partnering with the March for Science to stage demonstrations and teach-ins to, in their words, “focus on the need to hold our leaders – both in science and in politics – accountable to the highest standards of honesty, fairness, and integrity.” We couldn’t have said it better.
Here in Santa Cruz, Ecology Action is partnering with both the City of Santa Cruz and the County for the tenth straight year to mobilize, educate and inspire. Start at 10 am by joining the local March for Science at City Hall and make some noise while traveling over to San Lorenzo park for the Santa Cruz Earth Day happenings at 11 am.
Check out the photos from past events below for inspiration, then clear the calendar on April 22nd and join us in sending a message that protecting the environment is more important in 2017 than ever.
Front Page Image: By Alejandro Alvarez (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons