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updated: Apr eighteen, 2020 09:28 PDT


Santa Barbara-based Local community Environmental Council (CEC) opens its digital doors at SBEarthDay.org on Wednesday, April 22 with an online festival, #TogetherWeEarthrise Earth Working day Dwell, featuring distinguished environmental activists — which includes former Vice President Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Jeff Bridges, Congressman Salud Carbajal — and renowned musicians like Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald.​

The occasion presents an option for communities to obtain even with mass isolation and honor our interconnectedness, our resilience, and the strategies we can get the job done alongside one another to make the earth a superior put for all. 

The irony of the populace at large getting to remain property on the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Working day thanks to the COVID-19 crisis is not misplaced on the leaders of CEC.

“Things have gone peaceful on World Earth thanks to a world wide pandemic, and I’m profoundly struck how this moment is using put on the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Working day,” mentioned CEC CEO Sigrid Wright. “The background of Earth Day has hanging similarities to the circumstance we discover ourselves in nowadays. Sparked by a catastrophic occasion in 1969 — the worst oil spill the country experienced witnessed — six miles of California coastline had been eaten by oil, shutting down fisheries, tourism and recreation. With no protocols, people tried to clean up up the mess on their possess. President Nixon came, standing in nice sneakers on oily sand.” Throughout the country outraged youth, guided by elders, began groups to confront the difficulty, which includes the Local community Environmental Council, whose first act was to keep a Santa Barbara Earth Working day accumulating in 1970.

Widely acknowledged as the birthplace of Earth Working day, Santa Barbara’s early gatherings had been modest and spotty for a couple of many years. In 1990, a new wave of activists revitalized Earth Working day globally, and CEC led the way. Santa Barbara became like an Olympic host town, carrying the torch for environmental extensive-distance athletes, and Santa Barbara Earth Working day became a person of the country’s biggest, with thirty,000 or a lot more yearly attendees.

“This Earth Working day, we will obtain separately-alongside one another in our on the web festivals, in solidarity with those people keeping our communities protected and nutritious. We’ll learn from how peaceful issues have gotten on earth earth — and most likely continue on to adapt our behaviors the moment COVID-19 is conquered to continue being able to see mountains and cities once shrouded in air pollution. And this Earth Working day, we’ll continue on to battle the weather crisis,” mentioned Wright.

Much more details:

Background of Earth Working day + archival images, files

About the Local community Environmental Council (CEC)

Considering that 1970, CEC has incubated and innovated genuine-everyday living solutions that right affect