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 most 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.

"In a world without future, each parting of friends is a death. In a world without future, each loneliness is final. In a world without future, each laugh is the last laugh. In a world without future, beyond the present lies nothingness, and people cling to the present as if hanging from a cliff.” – Alan Lightman, Einstein’s Dreams.

"It is right to change your bulbs and worry about your car and so on—I've done these things. But I try not to fool myself that they're solving climate change. The most important thing an individual can do in this fight is not be an individual. The problems are structural and systemic, and so we need to band together in movements that can make change at that scale." – Bill McKibbon, Daily Kos interview, April 22, 2016

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.

ScienceDirect Restricted Resource openURL Some full text available
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.

JSTOR Restricted Resource openURL Resource contains images Some full text available
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:

Contact Us

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John Henderson

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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