Earth Day – A Great Way to Build Community
Unofficial Earth Day flag, by John McConnell.
Earth Day is a natural community builder. Started by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970, it has grown to be a world-wide celebration, expected to draw today one billion people to environmental events in 175 countries around the world.
I have been attending Earth Day celebrations for 36 years and what strikes me the most is how mainstream, intergenerational and well-organized many of these celebrations have become in recent years. The ones I like the best, however, remain the local, grassroots, neighborhood efforts. Today in the University Hills neighborhood of Denver, we expect over 50 community volunteers of all ages to help us prepare the Bradley International school garden for early May planting. What a great way to build intergenerational community!
What will you be doing in your community to celebrate our one and only Mother Earth?
Happy Earth Day!