The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, was a watershed event for the environment. It was a coming together of ordinary citizens, scientists and politicians to begin the long journey towards environmental stewardship. The first Earth Day sought to raise awareness of the dangers our planet faces and to encourage citizens to take action.
Our contemporary relationship with the Earth may be a complicated one. While we may feel helpless against the many forces at large that deplete its resources, there is often also a strong desire to engage and live in the world in more natural ways. This tension expands our personal growth while holding us accountable to the challenges that humans have created for this vast yet finite ecosystem.