DuBOIS — Penn State DuBois encouraged people this year to make “Earth Day every day.”
The Penn State DuBois Green Team and the Wildlife Society held the Fourth Annual Earth Day Celebration on campus with more than 20 vendors sharing Earth-friendly information.
The 20-plus exhibits were from local organizations that are aligned with outdoor activities and environmental stewardship, according to Penn State DuBois.
The university noted that educational workshops on gardening and other topics related to sustainability were also part of the celebration.
According to a “Learn About Earth Day” article from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), former U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) is credited as the founder of Earth Day.
The DEP notes, “his idea for increasing environmental awareness began in the early 1960s as a suggestion to President John F. Kennedy that the president conduct a five-day conservation tour to bring environmental issues to the public’s attention.”
A national environmental teach-in on college campuses and other locations for the spring of 1970 was announced by Sen. Nelson in September 1969, the DEP states.
Then, on April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was held, with an estimated 20 people involved, according to the DEP, which noted that it was the largest focused demonstration in history at that time.
“Folk singer Pete Seeger performed at the Washington Monument,” the DEP noted. “In New York City, cars were banned from Fifth Avenue to accommodate events there. Public speeches, parades, marches, rallies and teach-ins on college campuses launched this contemporary environmental movement.”
The DEP notes that the U.S. Congress closed its doors, with many politicians going home to attend local events.
“The U.S. Congress responded, creating the Environmental Protection Agency and enacting numerous environmental laws to protect air, water, land and wildlife. Now, Earth Day is a globally celebrated effort to bring attention to the environment,” according to the DEP.