CALLING OUT EARTH DAY
on The Vernal Equinox
EARTH DAY the History
The term "Earth Day" was first coined
in early October of 1969 by John McConnell (U.S. citizen)
when he submitted a proposal to Peter Tamaris
who headed the San Francisco Board of Supervisors,
on October 3, 1969. The Board of Supervisors approvaled
and Mayor George Christopher issued the proclamation
which inaugurated the first Earth Day.
Some other cities in Northern California
in the United States of America did the same.
During the final day of the UNESCO National Conference,
"Man, and His Environment," November 25, 1969,
Cynthia Wayburn, one of the youth leaders
on Mr. McConnell's Earth Day Committee,
presented the idea of celebrating an Earth Day and
showed the Earth Flag during this presentation
at the luncheon.
The idea was enthusiasticly supported.
DATE OF EARTH DAY
The date selected for this event was
March 21st, the Vernal Equinox
which is the official beginning of spring.
It make complete sense that Earth Day
would be the beginning of when the earth
wakes up after a winter's sleep
in the Northern Hemisphere
where Earth Day was first proposed.
Vernal means bloom which indicates
that this is a time of blooming for flowers
and of the leaves on all the plants to come forth.
Equinox means equal or balance.
This one of two time when day and night
are equal everywhere on this planet.
And while it is the spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere,
it is the fall Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.
It is certainly clear that this is the perfect time
to celebrate the Earth coming back to balance
by showing us the example of creating balance on this planet.
It is inevitablely obvious that this is suppose
to be the time that we are to create balance
on this planet. This is like a vortex opening
to balance and peace, and we are the key to this gateway.
Many ancient cultures have celebrated
the Vernal Equinox with prays and rituals
hailing the renewal of life.
This fact touches our deepest roots of being human
and surely of being a human family.
See the Vernal Equinox page for more information about this.
Where the Confusion Started
Environmental Teach-In planned a one-time event for April 22, 1970.
They called their event Earth Day.
For some reason…, their event got a lot of attention.
This was reinforced by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1971
who announced Earth week which was to be celebrated
the 3rd week of April. And in 1972 at the Stockholm Conference,
Japan obtained support for a resolution calling
for WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY to be observed on June 5,
which was the day the Stockholm Conference began.
This happened without consideration
or consultation regarding the Equinox EARTH DAY
already proposed two years earlier.
Peace Bell Ceremony
A Peace Bell Ceremony commenced on March 21, 1971
when Secretary General U Thant proclaimed it Earth Day.
The U.N. Peace Bell rang and
in fact continues to ring at the precise moment
of the equinox from that day, on every equinox.
In fact, in 1975 President Ford of the U.S.A. proclaimed
Earth Day for every Vernal Equinox.
Urgent Help Needed
May we now all take our cue
from nature and unite on this one day for Earth Day,
on the spring equinox (in the Northern Hemisphere),
the day that was orginally proposed.
This way we can combine our efforts
to focus on healing our beloved planet.
Love Our Home, Love Our Planet
We have a symbiotic relationship with Planet Earth.
We need her and she needs us.
Instead of breeding negativity,
let us breed positive loving energy.
She is a beautiful living biological being
that sustains and gives us so much.
Let us step forth and bring balance
to all the negativity by doing as much as
we can to be Earth stewards who care for,
take care of and care-fully step lightly
on this beautiful planet.
Please be conscious of the way
you spend your money and the effect
it has on all aspects of nature.
Go out and spend time in nature.
Take a walk in the park, on the shore, in the woods.
Take a book with you about wild plants
and try to identify as many as you can.
Be joyful in nature and it will return
to you in unexpected ways.
BE mindful of the care you feel
within your heart for this magnificent planet.
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