Sat, April 22, 2023, is Earth Day
Bro. Steve O'Neil, SM, sends us Catholic Climate Covenant's Participant guide for Earth Day 2023.
Each year on April 22, more than a billion people celebrate Earth Day to protect the planet from things like pollution and deforestation. By taking part in activities like picking up litter and planting trees, we’re making our world a happier, healthier place to live.
The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 when a United States senator from Wisconsin organized a national demonstration to raise awareness about environmental issues. Rallies took place across the country and, by the end of the year, the U.S. government had created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By 1990, Earth Day was an event celebrated by more than 140 countries around the globe. (From kids.nationalgeographic.com)
Marianist Brother Jim Facette, SM, participated in the first Earth Day in 1970.
He spoke of that first Earth Day, 1970 as “a watershed moment for me.” It was, in his words, “the beginning of a clearer consciousness of the importance of the earth and the need to treat it with respect.” That growing awareness influenced the rest of his life as a Marianist.
Look out for a post about him tomorrow.