Questions, answers and comments about Earth Day

The first celebration of Earth Day was on March 21, 1970. The first Proclamation of Earth Day was by San Francisco, the City of Saint Francis, patron saint of ecology. Designating the First Day of Spring, March 21, 1970 to be Earth Day, this day of nature's equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations where it is observed each year. Earth Day was firmly established for all time on a sound basis as an annual event to deepen reverence and care for life on our planet.

While other dates have been called Earth Day it is obvious that a singular Earth Day is needed and that the original choice of nature's day is best. More attention for this fact will increase the influence of Earth Day and its benefits.

Every effort to encourage Earth care is to be commended. But just as more than one birthday each year for an individual would diminish the real birthday, calling other dates Earth Day detracts from the authentic day -- which can provide a more meaningful focus and obtain more unity in our diversity. The nature of the March equinox provides a reason for an event at the same time all over the world.

Other events leading up to or following could be called Earth Festivals, or given other names. Then events can complement each other and increase awareness and care for our planet and its people. In the midst of this will be Earth Day, where the United Nations Peace Bell rings at the moment Spring begins and hearts and minds join all over the world.

To read more about the history of Earth Day visit or

I'm going to be teaching a lesson on Earth Day beginning April 14 and continuing through April 22.  I'd like to share your Earth Magna Charta with my students.  I'm sure my students will pick up on the difference in dates, so I'd like to be prepared in advance.  Earth Day was originally supposed to coincide with the beginning of spring, is that correct?  How and when did it come to be celebrated on different days than that?  Does the Peace Bell still ring at the moment spring begins, or is it rung at a specified time on Earth Day?

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I am a teacher at a private alternative high school for at risk kids in Amherst NH.  I have a couple of questions for you.  I would love to find out how my school can get involved.  Is there a mailing list?  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  I love your website.

Susanna Hallenbeck

Please read the 77 thesis on being an Earth Trustee by John McConnell for insight on how to get involved.
We don't have a mailing list but do have a message board for everyone to exchange ideas.

I think that what you do is a very vallient thing and I think that more people need to think and act in the way that you do.

Aaron Banman

Peace is happening...

David Kenneth Beckwith

I am a AmeriCorp*VISTA worker and we are planning some Earth Day activities for the children at our grade school where our Resource ARoom is.  Can you give us some ideas on this subject please.

Betty L Brown

I teach first grade at an inner city Philadelphia school.  I am teaching my children about the environment and would like any suggestions that you have that will help make my students more aware of the impact they have on the environment. 

Karen Bryson

I am a science teacher for a home school enhancement group, I would like to know if there is info I can obtain to present to the children? We have a class of 5-7 year-olds and a class of 8-12 year-olds. I would like hands on project ideas and any eco system info I can obtain. I do need this info rather quickly as we start this project in two weeks. I am very upset about the wrong date for Earth Day and will explain this to the children.
My sons Karate class is doing a fund raiser, which I run, for earth day. Of course the focus is on the wrong date. I am so glad that I found your articles on the web. Thank you for your efforts and commitment. I would also like to know if I can obtain forms for the children to fill out to become Earth Trustees?

Laurene Lambert LAMBERT3@AOL.COM.

I am also seeking funding for research into ecological agriculture wherein man would be achieving the state of absolute harmony with nature. Utilizing companion plantings, beneficial insect releases and resistant non- genetically engineered varieties. In this way I have grown many fruits and vegetables without the use of pesticides. The key is in maintaining biodiversity on the farm. All inquiries and donations are welcome. Thank You.

Steve Restmeyer-
Owner and founder of Eco-Logical Organic Landscaping.

Every year, I co-sponsor an Earth party.  We get a large group of people together, we have a drumming, along with a barbecue.  we plant trees and flowers at the local park. We have a clean-up at the Mill Pond in Brighton. We do this on Earth Day in April, I was unaware that the real date was in March. We'll have to consider changing it,  but probably won't because the weather is still cold and snowy here in Michigan in March.  I'm also a musician/songwriter who like others write songs about conservation/wilderness. My old band released an album a few back with several enviro-songs on it.

Allen Arnold Gapske II

I would welcome ideas for ways to get involved in helping to save our wonderful planet.  Also, do you know how I can find out about any Earth Day 1999 events happening in my area?  I did a search and sadly did not come up with anything happening locally (Mid-Hudson Valley, NY).

Elaine Giardiello

I attend Texas A&M University and am a member of the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP).  I want to expand the horizons of this school and get some ideas how to do so.

Steven Gunnels

I'm pro-life, but it's exactly for this reason that I wish Clinton would be stopped very soon.  He thinks he is being righteous, but He's bombing in the name of peace and I am afraid my earth will die soon if this continues.

Mary Ellen Linthicum

Thank you ~ thank you ~ thank you.  I am grateful to have found you; and I am grateful you have taken the initiative; and I am grateful to converge w/ you. May peace prevail on Earth. 

Phyllis von Miller

I am employed with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and at Wal-Mart, we believe it is our responsibility to be a part of the collective effort to protect and preserve our natural resources. Wal-Mart has developed a four-part Company wide commitment to:

1. Provide environmentally improved products to our customers.
2. Support educational programs for children.
3. Look for better ways to build and operate Wal-Mart stores and offices and -
4. Support and encourage local community and environmental activities.

Wal-Mart provides grants to non-profit organizations or schools to support environmental efforts and education in the communities where  the stores are located. This year , I  am assigned to be the Green Coordinator for Wal-Mart Super center #0700 here in Selma, AL. I have an interest in the environment and I am eager to take on the additional responsibility. I need information that will help me be able to develop a Green Team to help with the direction of the store's environmental program. Please help me get started. Together we can make a difference.

Ernestine  LeRita Walker

Dear Mr. McConnell:

I  would like to speak with you about your vision of  the Star of Hope. I will become an Earth Trustee.

We have established the N.J. Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability with 8 participating institutions including Rutgers, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJIT, Montclair State, Bergen Community College, Ramapo College, my institution-Kean University, and the Frost Valley YMCA Environmental Education Program.

There may be ways we can support your effort--- and we would like to stay in touch.

Saw the nice piece the NYT did on Mr. Earth Day a bit ago.

Thank you for your contribution to our lives, to humankind and the earth. God bless you.

Donald Wheeler
Prof. of Sociology and Global Studies
Kean University
Assoc. Dir. , N.J. Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability

Dear John,

Hi, I'm a fifth grader at St. Edward School of Minnesota, Minnesota I'd like to ask you a Question "Why do we have Earth day?" Please let me know A.S.A.P

Sincerly, Jenna

I would be happy to be on an "electronic" mailing list. Trying to save paper, y'know?

Also, I am a teacher co-ordinating the GREEN SCHOOL environmental action program here at McGirr.  You might be interested to contact them...

Lorne Freedman

I came across this site while researching information to help me plan Earth Day events in the town of Killaloe. I hope to involve children from my daughter's school in this, and becoming an official Earth Trustee will help me keep my resolve to dedicate some time to this most essential of causes.

Christine Marie Livesey

If all the leaders of countries had a mind like John McConnell, there would be no war, the world would be pollution free and a safe place to stay for future generations.

Fung Kok Ting

I am the environmental chair for the AOPi chapter at the University of Florida. I am trying to start some programs, but have no idea what to do. If anyone has suggestions, it would be a tremendous help. You have an amazing web page. Thanks so much.

Carrie Elizabet Vaughn

Soy un estudiante de Derecho de la Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, que se interesa por la conservacion del Planeta en el que creceran mis hijos y enb el cual quiero poder vivir en paz y maravillarme a cada minuto con el paisaje que me dio la vida, pero veo con horror que estaos destruyendo el unico lugar que tenemos para vivir. Sinembargo estoy dispuesto a luchar contra la destruccion de la naturaleza aqui en mi pais y en cualquier parte del mundo donde me encuentre. Saludos afectuosos. Paz. JANO :-)   

Alejandro Isauro Mendez Monsalve

I am a Girl Scout leader for a 4th grade troop as well as the program coordinator for the Dublin Service Unit.  Send me some ideas, info on how I can get all of the Dublin GS involved (about 1100 girls).

Patty Boyd

We were placed on this planet to 'seed the stars', but we can only do that if we care for our planet-home. It will take the full effort of all of us--using every ounce of physical, emotional and spiritual energy--to correct the damage we have done so we can move on to our destiny in the Cosmos. I want to do my part!

Grant Lynn Ford

My particular interest is water pollution.

Mark H Williams

Does anyone have any info on hydrogen powered automobiles?

Jackie Ann Allen


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