Earth Day

Earth Day, April 22

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970. Its creation is attributed to Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. The day was widely observed on college campuses across the country, including Ithaca College, as this article from the April 24, 1970, Ithacan reports. For many, this day marked the real start of the modern environmental movement.

A few quotations for Earth Day

  • "Wildlife, it is pointed out, is dwindling because its home is being destroyed. But the home of wildlife is also our home." – Rachel Carson, "Fight for Wildlife Pushes Ahead." Richmond Times-Dispatch. March 20,1938, reprinted in Lost Woods: the discovered writing of Rachel Carson, 1998,  
  • "Man always kills the thing he loves. And so we the pioneers have killed our wilderness. Some say we had to. Be that as it may, I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in." – Aldo Leopold, "The Green Lagoons," A Sand County Almanac, 1949.
  • "The question, of course, is whether "eventually" will take too long for the planet. We can't know the answer – only the certainty that the harder we work, the better the odds." – Bill McKibben, Rolling Stone, 24 January 2017.
  • "But we don't know that yet." – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, 9 March 2017, in response to a question about carbon dioxide being "the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change," as the EPA's webpage states [at least for now -- stay tuned].

Learn what you can

 For more information or inspiration about the earth, the environment, and principles of sustainabilty, try finding information in these periodical databases.

GreenFILE Unrestricted Resource openURL Some full text available
An index drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. GreenFILE provides a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. Nearly 300,000 records (full text for selected titles) from scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.

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Full-text scientific, technological, medical journals; subjects covered include biology, biochemistry, business management and accounting, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, neuroscience, nursing, physics, psychology, education, and communication. Includes access to selected full-text reference books. Indexing/Abstracts to additional titles.

Alternative Press Index Restricted Resource openURL
Index to articles in alternative news sources. Use to research topics that may not be well covered in the mainstream press; 1991 to current.

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JSTOR provides access to academic journals and primary sources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource openURL Resource contains images Resource contains audio Some full text available
Multi-disciplinary database which includes a large collection of peer-reviewed journals in many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, ethnic & multicultural studies, law, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.  Coverage varies, but begins in the 1990s for most journals.

Biological Abstracts Restricted Resource openURL
Provides abstracts and bibliographic references to journal items focusing on vital biological and medical research findings, pharmacological studies, and discoveries of new organisms. Includes some linked full text.

Read what you will

Here's a short list of books to peruse on Earth Day.

E-Books In the Stacks:

Watch something else

Some films to watch for Earth Day:

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Act locally

Here are some of the campus organizations that have been involved in the celebration or the movement: Also, locally, see:

Think globally

Celebrating Earth Day ...or fighting everyday

Listen (Podcasts)

Environment on NPR Environmental science and reporting on issues from Morning Edition, All Things Considered and other NPR programs

Sierra Club Radio Iinterviews with politicians, authors, celebrities, artists, and activists.

Living on Earth  Weekly environmental news and information.

BBC One Planet Covers environmental issues around the world.