Cascade Locks Park Association
Happy Earth Day! Today is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebrated in the United States.
1969 was a rough year environmentally speaking. There was a large oil spill in Santa Barbara that killed thousands of seabirds and other wildlife. And I don’t have to mention the fire on the Cuyahoga River that made international headlines that same year. Reports were also coming out about the decline in the population of our national symbol, the bald eagle.
Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson realized that environmental issues needed to be addressed politically. He organized a national “teach-in” about environmental issues to take place on April 22, 1970. More than 2,000 colleges and 10,000 public schools participated. An estimated 20 million people nationwide attended festivities that day! Today, Earth Day is celebrated in more than 193 countries.
Arbor Day is also this week (on Friday April 24th). So if you are able to, get outside and plant something!
This photo from 1965 shows Tony Weeks, Quinn Simpson and Paul Scarlet planting a hawthorn tree at Crouse Elementary School. The students raised the money to buy the tree themselves through Project Playground.