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Granby Rotary & Middle School to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day in Granby May 17 2012

In what is becoming a long-standing tradition in Grand County, Earth Day will be celebrated one month late. This could be attributed to the old saying, ‘Grand County Time’, but actually it has much more to to with what the weather might do at 9000 feet on April 22, the traditional global day for celebrating the earth. As Kristie DeLay said: “Who knew the weather would have been so nice that we could have celebrated this year on the actual day?”

Kristie is the committee chair for the Granby Rotary’s Earth Day festivities, which this year include activities with the 6th Graders in East Grand Middle School. The day will include tree planting, trash cleanup, and a presentation by the students. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 17th at the school.

Infinite West’s Vicky Burton, fearless leader of the ‘Red Hand Team’ cleans up Trash and Recycling with East Grand Middle Schoolers on Granby Earth Day! (photo courtesy of T.H.J. Hodsdon)

Infinite West is proud to be helping with a sponsorship of the event. We also look forward to volunteering at this event and learning with the kids the importance of nurturing and caring for our planet. Volunteers are needed from 12-4 on May 17th, or the evening of May 16th to help dig holes for trees to be planted. If you would like to join as a volunteer, please contact Infinite West.

Earth Day: The History of A Movement

(from Earth Day Network)

Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.

Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.

12:30 p.m. Earth Day. One half-hour after moratorium on car engines, Fifth Ave. is mobbed. Photo: New York Daily News / Frank Castoral


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