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Celebrate Earth Day with EarthShare California!

Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern
environmental movement in 1970.

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix,
the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the
day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly
opposed it.

Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest
movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.

The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing
the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war
movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air
and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator
Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded
Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited
Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.
As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to
demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges
and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been
fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides,
freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common

The fight for a clean environment continues in a climate of increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate
change become more manifest every day. We invite you to be a part of Earth Day and help write many more
victories and successes into our history. Discover energy you didn't even know you had. Feel it rumble
through the grassroots under your feet and the technology at your fingertips. Channel it into building a clean,
healthy, diverse world for generations to come.

Text and photo from www.earthdaynetwork.org

Get Involved!

  • Donate to EarthShare California Click Here!
  • Introduce your workplace to workplace giving opportunities with EarthShare California (contact maya@earthshareca.org)
  • Volunteer with EarthShare California (opportunities listed below)

Member group

Earth Day Project


How to Sign up

Save Our Shores

Beach cleanups

Santa Cruz and Monterrey Beaches


Our City Forest

Nursery work- weeding, repotting, organizing tools OR tree planting project

San Jose and various


Slide Ranch

Invasive plant removal and other garden/landscape projects

Slide Ranch, Muir Beach


Heal the Bay

Beach cleanups

Santa Monica/Malibu


Butte Environmental Council

Endangered species fair- one day event, set up, teardown, staffing booths. Program distribution

Cedar Grove in Bidwell Park


Surfrider Foundation

Beach cleanups and tabling events

Throughout California


California Native Plant Society

Multiple projects for Native Plant week (Apr 15-22)

Throughout California


Golden Gate Audubon Society

habitat cleanup and restoration

Oakland and San Francisco


Sacramento Tree Foundation

Seedling planting, irrigation building

Elk Grove