Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day; Thirty Eight Years On...

Thirty-eight years ago I attended all of the festivities at the first Earth Day celebration. It was clear that the organizers, the press, and politicians didn’t think it would be a big deal, or be well attended.

They were all so wrong. The South Street Seaport in NYC was a struggling little maritime street-of-shops (not-a-museum) area, but on that April day it was a awash with people anxious to learn more about this new concept called saving the planet.

There were tours and lectures on an old galleon, perhaps the Mayflower 2 (I don’t remember and my 16mm films are gone), great food, and exciting activities for kids.

Interestingly the kids had been plugged into the future, they got it, if only the city of NY had jumped on that excitement and instituted recycling in 1970, it would be a way of life by now. But no, they thought it was simply the new fad. You know, like all of us hippies who read the Whole Earth Catalog were subversives and attempting to take over the country,

Isn’t that always the way.

Happy Earth Day, anyway.

And so it goes.


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