Thursday, March 19, 2009

International Earth Day: March 20

According to this site, International Earth Day falls on the spring equinox, which is tomorrow. It even specifies a time: 7:44 AM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).

John McConnell founded Earth Day in 1970 and says here:

When I first conceived of Earth Day, a global holiday to celebrate the wonder of life on our planet, I thought long and hard about the day on which it should fall. It must be meaningful. One that might be accepted universally for all of humankind.

When the Vernal Equinox dawned on me, I immediately knew it was right. The Earth tremor that shook our California dwelling at that moment seemed an omen of confirmation. What could be more appropriate than the first moment of Spring, when day and night are equal around the world and hearts and minds can join together with thoughts of harmony and Earth's rejuvenation. Just as a single prayer can be siginificant, how much more so when hundreds, thousands, millions of people throughout the world join in peaceful thoughts and prayers to nurture neighbor and nature.
As birders, we often "celebrate the wonder of life on our planet." Do you plan to do anything special on Friday?


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