Earth Day History
In 1969 Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson got the idea for the first Earth Day while reading about the student anti-war movement and “teach ins". He was returning from touring the damage of the Santa Barbara oil spill, and thought that tapping into local community concerns would be the way to advance an environmental agenda in Washington, D.C. An estimated 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day and a new movement was launched. The event was so successful that environmentalism was embraced by both parties in Washington D.C.
Cornerstone environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts were all passed in the 1970s.
The day dedicated to "mother earth" started on April, 22, 1970, and is credited as launching the modern environmental movement. Since its inception, Earth Day has enlisted the help of 192 countries and now billions of people participate in Earth Day activities each year... making it the largest civil observance in the world.
Earth Day 2013
This years Earth Day San Francisco (E.D.S.F) will occur on April 20th 2013, and while some progress has been made in the past four decades towards creating environmental awareness and action, today the issues are more urgent then ever, as evidenced by critical threats such as climate change, species extinction and the growing toxic threat of chemicals all around us.
E.D.S.F 2013 is more than just an annual event. This year’s festival is designed to bring together leading members of the green/sustainability activist movement to co-create a vision of how we address the multitude of environmental issues we face. Speakers, workshop leaders, nonprofit organizations, businesses, indigenous community leaders, civic agencies, musicians, and youth empowerment groups are invited to use this high-profile event to educate and activate the public to energetically pursue effective green solutions to pressing environmental issues.
E.D.S.F is dedicated to providing the tools and inspiration to bring together our diverse communities as one voice. This festival serves as a spring board for individual and group actions as well as long-term strategic planning. This year’s festival includes some of the most prominent green educators and organizers in the country, as well as a host of powerful musicians... together we seek to encourage the public to actively pursue Earth-friendly solutions and to empower the sustainability movement to grow and thrive worldwide.