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Apr 22 2020 - 03:06 PM
Today in History: Earth Day

Our marbles are placed inside a large circle drawn with green string, and as I roll mine out from ten feet across the floor I somehow get the closest, surpassing the younger members of the household who are surprised at the feat of the first shot. For it is my luckiest shooter, a smallish dark blue one with delicate swirls of white, interspersed with patches of yellow and green -- a beauty to behold in space and time, not unlike the planet on which we live. Play ensues with sighs and laughs -- a change in tempo brought on by being indoors for the past month. As we gather in our winnings, perspective opens to behold a dusty red; yellowish-white; stormy orange-red-brown; patchy gray; sublime rose, among many other marbles of varying size and color, with pause for thought: sometimes it's a matter of stepping outside the circle to understand the value of what's inside -- of not just taking what we moved, but looking beyond to see how we can make it better.

Celebrated annually around the globe on April 22nd, Earth Day began in 1970 as a way to raise awareness and support for environmental protection. A nation-wide teach-in was proposed by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson who hired Denis Hayes, a young activist, to be the coordinator of events in 141 nations. Hayes founded the Earth Day Network, has been president of the Bullitt Foundation, and continues to lead policy and practice in environment and energy.

As we mark its 50th anniversary, this year's theme is climate action, and this celebration is like no other! Amid the COVID 19 pandemic, Earth Day goes digital, with extensive opportunities to join the digital terrain by tuning into conversations, performances, and activity. So let's circle 'round and support this important initiative while applying science and civic responsibility to our aim for the big blue marble.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.



  • Planet Earth, Courtesy of
  • Special News Slide, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries


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