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.”