Earth Day, the world’s largest secular holiday and the only event celebrated by more than a half-billion people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities, is sponsored by many national and international organizations.
In her official proclamation, Mayor Ashley Swearengin cited the following reasons for declaring April 22, Earth Day in Fresno: “Earth Day, begun as an annual event on April 22, 1970, focused public attention on pollution and environmental concerns and made the hitherto esoteric term ‘ecology’ a household word. Many national organizations are celebrating it with outreach programs showcasing the positive contributions that environmental science makes to improve the health of our planet and its citizens; Earth Day community-sponsored events promoting environmental awareness and education are held to communicate with a wide audience in the San Joaquin Valley; and improving the Valley’s air and water quality is an urgent necessity.”
To view events taking place locally, visit www.fresnoearthday.org. For details of dates, hours, and contact persons see http://fresnoalliance.com/wordpress/?p=10740 and http://fresnoalliance.com/wordpress/?p=10737
Dr. George B. Kauffman
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