Today is several things to many people, National Jelly Bean Day, Bettie Page’s birthday, and 31 years ago at 8:26 p.m. in a military hospital in Myrtle Beach, SC I came kicking and screaming into this world. But more important than any present I could ask for or any bottle I can open to celebrate, it is Earth Day. Founded in 1970 as an environmental teach-in with a few thousand participating; it has become the largest secular holiday in the world, with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries expected to celebrate and participate.
So when I close my eyes and blow out the bonfire of candles on my birthday cake to make a wish, it will involve consumers making more conscious decisions and policy makers protecting our one and only home for generations to come and not to continuing to support dirty energy that has led us to our current climate crisis. This is more than a day to acknowledge our beautiful Mother Earth, more than planting a tree, picking up litter, recycling a beer can or bottle from my birthday celebration. This is a day to change our minds and lifestyles, to think outside the barrel, to punish those who profit from pollution. It should be so much more than a day, a week, or month. Considering the Earth, respecting her, not taking resources for granted to make it easy on ourselves, taking a hike without seeing litter, not being crowded out by gas guzzling behemoths on the roadway, or larger than necessary houses built on top of each other filled to the brim with things we don’t need, powered by dirty energy which irritates my allergies and asthma, giving back to our Mother Earth; this is my wish. Please make my wish come true.
Thank you and Happy Earth Day
-Sierra Club Intern
Earth Day is Friday, April 22. Great stewards of the planet that we are, we like to celebrate it all month, eh? If you have tabling events planned and want some materials or if you just want to learn more, download these EARTH DAY MATERIALS. You can print these (in color?) for distributing at your tables.
Sierra Club Membership forms (3 per page) that you can print, cut, collect and mail with new members’ checks or credit card info.
Sierra Club’s Featured Earth Day ACTION — Gather comments on the EPA new proposed Mercury and Air Toxics rule. Here are the postcards (2 per page, double-sided, color — need to cut them.) for the EPA Mercury and Air Toxics rule. Please gather signatures at your Earth Day events and return these signed Mercury Postcards to: Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, P.O. Box 1931, Austin, TX 78767. Thank you!
Fine and fancy fact sheet GET THE FACTS: MERCURY IS TOXIC. COAL PLANTS EMIT MERCURY POLLUTION
Fish Guide that shows which types of fish have the most mercury in them.
A Poster for backdrop display.
MORE EARTH DAY MATERIALS OPTIONS FOR YOUR TABLES
Texas Clean Energy Future is Now fact sheet.
Texas Living Waters Municipal Water Conservation fact sheet.
Global Warming and the Lone Star State (kind of long EDF publication at 24 pages)
Outings Posters — Outings are the most frequent way that people become interested in Sierra Club!
State Capitol Report on Luminant coal plants.
The Verdict is In on Nuclear Power: Dirty, Dangerous, Expensive fact sheet.
If you have a laptop at your tabling event, you can show off Sierra Club communications! Please bookmark and use these:
YOUR LOCAL GROUP WEBSITE URL HERE!