Happy Earth Day!


On April 22, 2014, University of Wisconsin-Madison students, faculty and others supporting the university’s divestment from corporations that profit from fossil fuels are planning to march and rally Tuesday to mark Earth Day. The first Earth Day is recognized as having taken place in the United States on April 22, 1970, at the urging and prompting of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson who called for “an environmental teach-in” to be held throughout the United States that day. It was, and the date of April 22 is now recognized as “Earth Day” worldwide.

Last year, over a billion people in 190 countries took action on Earth Day. From San Francisco to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, people planted trees, cleaned up their communities, contacted their elected officials, and more—all on behalf of the environment.

The march in Madison will start at 5:30 p.m. from Monona Terrace, where the Nelson Earth Day Conference at UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies will be taking place, and head to a 6:15 p.m. Mother Earth! Rally at the Library Mall.

Later tonight, on PBS – TV, 8:00 PM (Central Time): American Masters is scheduled to present: “A Fierce Green Fire”. This program is not to be missed ideally by anyone and includes archival film footage and interviews covering the 1960-1980 environmental movement, through the narration of four success stories. The hour-long program concludes with what PBS calls “an in-depth look at the crises surrounding climate change.”

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About Mike Neuman

Environmentalist; Father; Senior Citizen; Husband, Former School Crossing Guard for City of Madison; Bike to Work Advocate; Animal/Children/People Lover (in general); Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Madison, Wisconsin, Anti-long distance travel (via fossil fuel burning); Against militarism in any form; Strong believer in people everywhere having the right to speak their minds openly, without any fear of reprisal, regarding any concerns; for those in authority to listen attentively AND, as warranted, ACT AS NECESSARY AND IN A TIMELY MANNER TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE those concerns; Lover of music, especially live music, music by: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young; John Prine; Steve Goodman; B.B. King; Eric Burton; Gracy Slick, Carol King;John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr; Bob Dylan; Lightfoot; Mark Knoffler; Richard Thompson; Elvis Presley; Tom Petty; Willie Nelson, Others too numerous to mention.

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