Earth Day Cultivation Continues
Fri, 22 Jan 1999 16:55:42 -0500

Thought you would be interested in this perspective and mention of San
Diego in national context. This is the general, national Earth Day release.

From: Earth Day Network
Contact: Carolyn Chase (619)272-2930, San Diego

Earth Day Cultivation Continues

The most comprehensive list of Earth Day-related events and activities
taking place in all fifty states and 20 other countries is available online

which also contains links to 40 other volunteer-maintained Earth Day '97

>From huge festivals attracting 80,000 to individuals planting trees, more
than 30 million Americans will be taking action for Earth Day.

Among a huge variety of local Earth Day events planned around April 22 are:

4,000 volunteers in the Pacific Northwest from Portland Oregon to Seattle
Washington area will support about 400 projects doing: invasive plant
removals and urban forest restoration, trail and drainage improvements,
stream bank restoration, trees and shrubs planting, and litter removal.

In the San Franscisco Bay Area more than 100 local events and festivals are
rallying around the theme "Forests for the Future" and the fight to save
the Old Growth redwoods of the Headwaters Forest.

Montana schoolchildren are making 5-minute home videos of "what they
like to do outdoors in clean air" to compete for prizes at an Earth Day
ceremony and air time on a local-access cable TV station...

Nevada college students will run in a race on campus and then take a test
of their lungs' health by breathing through a straw to simulate the effects
of an asthma attack on a bad air day...

Michigan activists will hold a barbecue near a smokestack to illustrate how
big industry is the real problem, not backyard barbecues (as industry ads
have tried to pretend).

The most popular activities are fairs, often combined with parades. These
are all linked in with other community clean-ups and projects. At the San
Diego event they will have 235 exhibitors, 300 volunteers, and a crowd of

"From Florida to Hawaii, from Japan to Moldova, from Spain to India, Earth
Day is spreading each year," noted EDN grass roots organizer, Carolyn
Chase. "The country of Armenia reported its first Earth Day for this year
and we receive more and more reports and requests from around the world and
the U.S. every year"

The mission of the Earth Day Network is to increase awareness,
responsibility and action toward a clean, healthy environment for all
living things using Earth Day as a catalyst.

"Earth Day is alive and well at the grassroots level," commented Pamela
Lippe, President of the Earth Day Network and founder of Earth Day New
York. Earth Day
coordinators have been established in more than 50% of all schools in the U.S.
involving millions of teachers and students in environmental activities every
year. Earth Day organizers, both new and old, spontaneously generate
activities around the nation and increasingly throughout the world. It is
our goal to establish and support a worldwide network of environmental
volunteers and activists for the year 2000 and beyond." she added. Plans
are already being formulated for a worldwide effort to spread grass roots
organizing strategies throughout the globe for the beginning of new

"Anyone with the interest can find a way to make difference through Earth
Day. Make a Difference is the Earth Day Network theme." added Chase.

The Earth Day Network helps promote local ED activities by increasing
communication and publicity about the great number, variety and diversity
of ideas and activities. EDN maintains a database of Earth Day affiliates
and related projects and groups in all 50 states and several other
countries, along with an email list of more than a thousand, linking more
than 40 other sites.

Earth Day archives, references materials and project ideas are available at:

This site is being maintained by volunteers at the Cornell Center for the

To be added to the Earth Day Network email list, send a request to:, or visit our website at:

Report Earth Day '97 events at:

Please repost this wherever appropriate and email with any questions.

Earth Day Network
PO Box 9827 San Diego CA 92169
(619)272-7370 FAX:(619)272-2933
EDN is volunteer-run 501(c)3 non-profit group.

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