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Gather on Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary With Birthplace of Modern Environmental Movement

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Founding Environmental Group Highlights Climate Parallels to COVID-19 Competition Delivers Connection and Call to Action from Environmental Believed Leaders

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updated: Apr 18, 2020 09:28 PDT


Santa Barbara-primarily based Group Environmental Council (CEC) opens its digital doorways at SBEarthDay.org on Wednesday, April 22 with an online festival, #TogetherWeEarthrise Earth Day Are living, featuring notable environmental activists — like previous Vice President Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Jeff Bridges, Congressman Salud Carbajal — and renowned musicians like Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald.​

The event delivers an possibility for communities to gather despite mass isolation and honor our interconnectedness, our resilience, and the methods we can operate together to make the planet a greater location for all. 

The irony of the populace at substantial owning to keep dwelling on the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day owing to the COVID-19 crisis is not lost on the leaders of CEC.

“Things have gone tranquil on Planet Earth owing to a global pandemic, and I’m profoundly struck how this second is using location on the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day,” mentioned CEC CEO Sigrid Wright. “The background of Earth Day has striking similarities to the problem we locate ourselves in nowadays. Sparked by a catastrophic event in 1969 — the worst oil spill the country experienced seen — six miles of California shoreline were being eaten by oil, shutting down fisheries, tourism and recreation. With no protocols, men and women attempted to cleanse up the mess on their possess. President Nixon arrived, standing in good footwear on oily sand.” Across the place outraged youth, guided by elders, commenced groups to confront the challenge, like the Group Environmental Council, whose first act was to hold a Santa Barbara Earth Day collecting in 1970.

Broadly acknowledged as the birthplace of Earth Day, Santa Barbara’s early gatherings were being modest and spotty for a pair of many years. In 1990, a new wave of activists revitalized Earth Day globally, and CEC led the way. Santa Barbara turned like an Olympic host metropolis, carrying the torch for environmental long-distance athletes, and Santa Barbara Earth Day turned one particular of the country’s premier, with 30,000 or much more annual attendees.

“This Earth Day, we will gather separately-together in our on-line festivals, in solidarity with those retaining our communities secure and balanced. We’ll learn from how tranquil issues have gotten on planet earth — and most likely keep on to adapt our behaviors when COVID-19 is conquered to continue being in a position to see mountains and cities once shrouded in air air pollution. And this Earth Day, we’ll keep on to battle the local climate crisis,” mentioned Wright.

Additional data:

Record of Earth Day + archival pics, files

About the Group Environmental Council (CEC)

Considering the fact that 1970, CEC has incubated and innovated actual-lifestyle alternatives that straight influence local climate alter. Study much more at CECSB.org.

CEC’s authorities are obtainable for comment on varied environmental subject areas:  COVID-19 and local climate alter parallels foodstuff resilience plastic reduction inexperienced constructing cleanse vitality and transportation local climate resilience and much more.

Press Contact: Nicole Wald, [email protected], 805-636-6327

Source: Group Environmental Council

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