April 10, 2002
CSUS celebrates Earth Day and clean energy
While the earth blooms with the flowers
of spring, Earth Day at California State University, Sacramento
blooms with activities. The fourth annual Earth Day celebration
takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 20, at
the CSUS Main Quad.
An estimated 10,000 people are expected to attend the CSUS
event. More than 150 educational booths and displays will
be set up to promote energy awareness, environmental education
and conservation focusing on clean energy.
The free, daylong event also features environmental displays,
live music concerts by Akimbo and Congo Aye-Yea, hands-on
children activities, organic farming classes, a wildlife education
stage and ongoing demonstrations of yoga, tai chi and meditation
Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated throughout the world
on or around April 22. Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, a
former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, proposed the first nationwide
environmental protest "to shake up the political establishment
and force environmental issue onto the national agenda. It
was a gamble," he says, "but it worked."
At the first Earth Day in 1970, about 20 million Americans
took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate
for a healthy, sustainable environment. And it worked. The
organizers credited the first Earth Day with leading to the
creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the
passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species
acts. Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- the highest honor given to civilians in the United States
- for his role as Earth Day founder.
For more information call (916) 484-4644 or visit www.earthdaysac.org.
For further information, send an e-mail
public affairs at (916) 278-6156. For ticketed events, call
the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.
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