Earth Day and Sierra Club: Making History

42 years ago, on April 22nd in 1970, Gaylord Nelson made history by introducing the country to Earth Day. Nelson, a then-senator from Wisconsin, was deeply impacted by the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. What he created from this impact was a day where 20 million Americans took to the streets in rallies across the country to support Mother Earth.

Earth Day ’70 gave way to some pretty big changes: The Environmental Protection Agency was formed, and the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts were all passed shortly after.

By 1990, Earth Day had crossed the border into 141 countries. 1992 saw the first ever United Nations Earth Summit in Brazil, and the 2010 festivities, marking the 40th Earth Day, brought over 200,000 people to the National Mall in Washington D.C.

The point is, Earth Day is all about making history. And in 2012, The Lone Star Sierra Club is hoping to continue this trend. Sierra Club is hosting an Earth Day Rally along with the City of Austin and the Texas Green Network at the Mueller Neighborhood Park this coming Sunday, April 22nd. From noon to 6pm you can come enjoy excellent speakers, delicious food, family friendly games, and Sierra Club’s history making venture!

At 3:30pm you can join Sierra Club and hundreds of our members as we spell out B-E-Y-O-N-D C-O-A-L as for an aerial photo. If executed correctly, this could prove to be our biggest project of our Beyond Coal Campaign, Sierra Club’s national campaign to move our country beyond dirty coal energy. But we can’t do it without your help! So come on out to Mueller this Sunday at 3:30 and be a part of Beyond Coal History. Bring your friends and your family; there will be more than enough room in the picture! Here’s how you can help us:

  • Go to our website for all the information
  • “Like” Sierra Club on Facebook and RSVP to our Event. Afterwards, invite all your friends on Facebook!
  • Commit to bring five of your friends with you to the event to see some excellent speakers, eat some yummy food, and be a part of history!
  • While you’re on our website, sign our petition to Mayor Lee Leffingwell pledging your support to move Austin beyond coal energy and into a renewable future!

Senator Nelson needed help back in 1970 to start making history, and we need your help this Sunday to continue the trend!


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