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The Origins and a Brief Overview of “The Green Movement” Behind “Earth Day”

Earth Day is officially recognized as falling on April 22. The mere mention of Earth Day evokes a feeling of natural conservatism and outdoor family fun in the year 2014. This national environmental awareness holiday began as an educated and coordinated response to the poor outlook for our America, during the Vietnam War torn atmosphere of 1970.

(Adapted from Earth Day Network’s: History of a Movement section)

As first reported by Hugh Downs: The “Environmental Action/Teach-In” began with two men: (r.) Congressman Pete McCloskey and activist Denis Hayes. From that short broadcast news segment, two American agencies formed to both; address national concerns about increasing environmental hazards as well as keep the agencies accountable to the American public;

Environmental Action: They would provide the foundation for the activist base and speak on environmental issues on behalf of public outcry. The Environmental Action also offers; an online resource for learning, links to get involved in your community, as well as an educated view on current environmental concerns and possible solutions. Natural hazardous to public health include; corporate toxic waste, radiation or nuclear fallout and any national lapses in environmental protection law.

The Environmental Protection Agency: Is the agency in charge of enforcing the environmental laws and answering environmental legislation concerns. The Earth Day and the E.P.A. began the initial green movement and its principles convey an easy unifying message that resonates today: reduce, reuse, and recycle to make a difference.

Here in Memphis, Tennessee there are many ways (and places) to celebrate Mother Earth as well as participate in the Green Movement. These 4 agricultural experiences not only showcase all that Mother Nature has to offer, but also celebrates humanity’s spirit of endurance:

Shelby Farms: April 19, 2014 – from 2-man paddle boats, horseback riding or nature walking Shelby Farms Park (year round) has fun outdoor activities for the whole family that are green and economical for all budgets. This year, the 8th Annual Down to Earth Festival will begin around 10 a.m. (according to the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy Website). Big show events include: Arial acrobatic performances, live music all day, kids fishing rodeo ($8 per child) and eco egg hunt ($5 per child) and suggested ($5 for parking). (Visit link for more events and park location.)

April 27, 2014 – The 3rd Annual Earth Day 5 K takes place Sunday at Shelby Farms Park. After participants race, they can witness the “tree planting ceremony” or purchase a sapling to take home from the event.

Agricenter International: April 2014-: The World’s Largest Urban Farm and Research Test Facility is having Earth themed events all month long. The Expo Center is a lasting beckon for local bargain hunters and seasonal food vendors to shine at an all-natural agricultural wonderland. These Agricenter events offer an economical appreciation of; natural elements, plenty of walking, and recycling through local commerce in keeping with the principles of “The Green Movement”.

19 April 2014: Memphis Flea Market “the Big One” Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 (check site for; full pricing for admission, times and schedule) For the full Agricenter event calendar please visit this link;

26 April 2014: The 35th Annual Earth Wide Open Memphis Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show

(for full location schedule, admission pricing, and times visit this: link)

For More On; Earth Day, Earth Day Events in Memphis, Volunteering and more, please visit these links:

1. Earth Day. Org Earth Day Network: for more on the origins of Earth Day and the environmental movement it caused.

2. Eventful– official website for more on how to volunteer for Shelby Farms Park on Earth Day