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Throwback Thursday | Earth Day

Happy Throwback Thursday! Where you come from, where you call home is a part of who you are. Welcome to the “Live Like a Local” blog series that explores our roots and hometown in South Orange County.

We welcome you to explore with us as we take in the vibrant culture, beautiful histories and exquisite homes created in our own backyard. Whether it be San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, or a surrounding coastal community, it is always a great day for Throwback Thursday in Orange County!

Especially when we love the place we call home…

Earth Day History

Each year, Earth Day arrives on April 22. Every year, this day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It all started with Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson. The idea was to create a national day to focus on the environment, giving a voice to the emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, after witnessing the tragic and massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969.

At the heart of it all, the focus of Earth Day was to inspire a growing student activism movement. Thus, April 22 was aptly named the day to celebrate Mother Earth – a day that fell between Spring Break and Final Exams. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.

Earth Day struck a rare apolitical alignment across Republicans and Democrats, teachers and students, rich and poor, urban and suburban, and the list goes on and on. By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

It was a gamble, but it worked! Today the celebration has gone global and grown local from its grassroots beginnings. Earth Day is now the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year. Let’s take a look…

Earth Day Dana Point

  1. Earth Day Native Planting Project – Bring your favorite shovel, gardening gloves, drinking water, hat and sunscreen to the Doheny State Beach Campfire Center. Contact Vicki Wiker at vwiker(at)parks(dotted)ca(dotted)gov.
  2. Dana Wharf’s Earth Day Whale Watching Trip – Give back this Earth Day by coming out on a special Whale Watch trip! They will be stopping to clean trash (like plastics & balloons) out of our ocean. Passengers will receive a tote bag and reusable water bottle. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point.

Earth Day San Juan Capistrano

  1. Earth Day Festival at The Ecology Center – This special day signifies a time our community comes together for a unique festival that showcases skill sharing, garden activations, local food, music and more. This year, be one of the first to take a tour of the new mobile ecological experience, Road Trip. 32701 Alipaz St, San Juan Capistrano. 949.443.4223. www(dotted)theecologycenter(dotted)org.

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