Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Saturday the 22nd is EARTH DAY, lets ride our bikes

This Saturday is Earth Day and times upwill host a bike ride and hang out in Central Park.

This Earth Day Action for bicyclists and skaters will be promoting non-polluting transportation and renewable energy. Dress festively. Bring signs and noise makers!

The ride will end at Central Park at a huge Earth Day Fair at the 72nd Street Bandshell. There'll be music, entertainment, our bicycle blender, and free valet bike parking. TIME'S UP! is working with the Central Park Conservancy on this event. The picnic will be plenty of fun, relaxing and musical.

Earth Day Ride Sat, Apr 22nd, 12:00 pm, Union Square Park South on the steps at 14th Street. If you want to meet us at the festival, go to the 72nd Street Transverse in Central Park. Rain Date: April 23.

Here is the wikipedia discrpition of Earthday

In January 1970, the Environmental Teach-In, decided to call their one-off event on 22 April Earth Day. The successes of that day led to it becoming a regular event. Gaylord Nelson, an environmental activist in the U.S. Senate, took a leading role in organizing the celebration, to demonstrate popular political support for an environmental agenda. Senator Nelson staffed the office with college students and selected Denis Hayes (a Harvard student and Stanford graduate) as coordinator of activities. It was the era of student political activism and outdoor protests that attracted news cameras.
According to Senator Nelson, Earth Day "worked" because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. Though he felt his committee had neither the time nor resources to organize the 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated, these things did happen. According to the Senator, "It organized itself."
The "holiday" proved extremely popular in the United States. The first Earth Day, in 1970, had participants and celebrants in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the U.S. Senator Nelson directly credited the first Earth Day with persuading U.S. politicians that environmental legislation had a substantial, lasting constituency. In 1971 Senator Gaylord Nelson announced an 'Earth Week' — for the third week of April — as a yearly event.
Many important laws were passed by the Congress in the wake of the 1970 Earth Day, including the Clean Air Act, laws to protect drinking water, wild lands and the ocean. The EPA was created within three years of the first Earth Day.
Earth Day leadership fractured over the years, with Hayes and Nelson and other widely-known Earth Day leaders favoring more programmatic and conventional public relations approaches to the observance(s), while grassroots groups have sought to make Earth Day into a day of action which changes human behavior and provokes policy changes. Most people know about Earth Day from a 30-second blurb on their evening news of kids at school planting trees or doing a trash cleanup.
During Earth Day 2000, the event's 30th anniversary, actor Leonardo DiCaprio was chosen by Hayes to be the spokesperson of the event, despite the fact that DiCaprio drove a large SUV at the time and was viewed as wanting to rehabilitate his public image in the wake of clever Thai environmental protesters targeting him during the filming of the actor's film The Beach in 1999 (which was filmed in part in a precious Thai national park).

The date chosen for Earth Day is coincident with the historical date of Arbor Day, a national tree-planting holiday started in the late 1800's. Arbor Day is celebrated on the birthday of its founder, Julius Sterling Morton. Another reading of the April 22 date understood by Earth Day organizers notes that the 1970 event took place between college students' Spring Break and final exams, enabling students to participate on campuses across the country.


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