The reason EARTH DAY was originally intended to be the Vernal Equinox is the fact that it takes place INSTANTANEOUSLY
all over the world!
It is not like New Year's Eve.
It is like Earth's birthday!
Everyone all over the world is observing the moment of equinox
AT THE SAME TIME!
This is what the world needs.
John McConnell, a Christian peace activist, together with Margaret Mead, renowned anthropologist, introduced his idea for Earth Day, a global, international holiday to celebrate the planet Earth, at a UNESCO meeting in October, 1969. It was warmly accepted and in 1971, the UN Secretary General declared the organization would, from then on, recognize this annual Earth Day celebration with the ringing of the Japanese Peace Bell at the exact moment of equinox (which changes each year due to the fact that it is an astronomical event, not a political one).
Read more here:
The "Earth Day Song," written by John McConnell, as
arranged and performed by Adam J. Monroe, Jr. at the UN Earth Day celebration in 1998: https://soundcloud.com/adamjonmonroe/sounds-from-thursday-afternoon
Every year, the ringing of the Japanese Peace Bell at the UN building occurs at the moment of equinox, which, this year, will be at 5:37 A.M. EDT/EST, Saturday morning, March 20th!
[If we can find a link to this event, we will post it here right away.]
Meanwhile, Earth Day founder, John McConnell, thought we might all ring our bells, too, at the moment of equinox all over the world and that this would be inspirational. If you are planning such an event this year, please, let us know so we can post it here (if you want). Also, please, record your local Earth Day events and so we can post them here on the real Earth Day website!
It is our hope that in the future, we will be able to learn about and list all events around the world marking the original Earth Day here on this website. So, please keep us informed of any events you hear about by sending an email to our editor at: email@example.com
The launching of this site may be one of the more notable events recognizing the real Earth Day this year, at least, 'as "Earth Day"'. So, hooray for that!
Being an astronomical event, there are other relevant events recognizing the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. That is a lot of fun and interesting, too.
As far as April 22 events, please, spread the word there about the original Earth Day since the event could be so much more helpful if we do it the way it was intended, on the first day of Spring!
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