Friends – as the 50th anniversary of Earth Day approaches, on April 22, let’s use this time to imagine and plan the kind of world that we want to live in, a vision focused on creating a more just and green world.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we ask that you join us online for our first ever virtual EARTH WEEK celebration, starting today MON, April 20 and ending SUN, April 26.
Tune in every day for a series of 3-5 minute lively micro-workshops focused on issues ranging from the history of Earth Day to local beekeeping and the single use plastics crisis. Check in with us for a basic overview of climate change, the Rio Grande, solar energy, and hydroponics as a form of sustainable local agriculture.
Today’s two micro-talks will provide you with a better understanding of how Earth Day got started 50 years ago (led by RGISC executive director Tricia Cortez), and how now is the time for us to act to reverse the coming ravages of climate change (led by environmental policy consultant Virginia Palacios).
At that very first Earth Day in 1970, Sen. Gaylord Nelson, who founded this event, told us:
“The battle to restore a proper relationship between man and his environment, between man and other living creatures, will require a long, sustained, political, moral, ethical, and financial commitment far beyond any effort made before.”
These words remain pressing and urgent today. Join us for Earth Week and learn how, together, we CAN demand and create the radical transformation needed to ensure that we inhabit a sustainable planet for generations to come.
Feel free to share any and all links with your own network of friends and contacts. Thank you.
LINK 1 - A History of Earth Day (Tricia Cortez)
LINK 2 - Climate Change 101 (Virginia Palacios)
Thank you to Vincent Albert Moreno of Iris Productions for his assistance with this production.