Earth Day Gave Voice to an Emerging Public Consciousness About the State of Our Planet
In the decades leading up to the first Earth Day, Americans were consuming vast amounts of leaded gasoline through massive and inefficient automobiles. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of the consequences from either the law or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Until this point, mainstream America remained largely oblivious to environmental concerns and how a polluted environment threatens human health. However, the stage was set for change with the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.
Brief History of Earth Day
- 1970 – The first EarthDay mobilized 20 million Americans to call for increased protections for our planet.
- 1990 – Earth Day goes global, mobilizing 200 million in 141 countries.
- 2000 – Earth Day leverages the power of digital media to build millions of local conversations across more than 180 countries.
- 2010 – Earth Day Net work launches A Billion Acts of Green and The Canop Project. Earth Day engages 75,000 global partners in 192 countries.
- 2020 – Today, Earth Day is recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a DAY OF ACTION to change human behavior and create global, national and local policy changes.
THE CARMELITE NGO WILL OBSERVE EARTH DAY WITH A LITURGY
REV. HARIAWAN ADJI, O.CARM. IS THE CELEBRANT
Click or copy/paste link to view on YouTube – www.tinyurl.com/hacelebrant
REV. EDUARDO AGOSTA SCAREL, O.CARM. WILL GIVE AN INTRODUCTION
Click or copy/paste link to view on YouTube – www.tinyurl.com/esedintro
REMEMBER: We are ALL still under STAY AT HOME / DO NOT ALLOW VISITORS IN YOUR HOME. The Carmelite NGO filmed this Liturgy from the grotto at the House of Mercy in Malang, Indonesia where the residents attended and the Carmelite house in Salamanca, Spain.