Earth Day was initiated on April 22, 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U. S. Senator from Wisconsin, in response to the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California the previous year. Nelson's call to action resulted in 20 million Americans rallying coast-to-coast for a healthy, sustainable, environment. By 1990, Earth Day had become a global phenomena with 200 million people from 141 countries collectively voicing concerns about environmental issues. Today stewardship of our earth is ever more critical to the sustainability of our planet.
The Earth is what we all have in common.
Our vision for the Spartanburg Earth Day Festival is to duplicate the success of the Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA) in Winston Salem, NC. PEA was initiated by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston Salem in 2005. The first year less than 500 people attended. By the third year, 3000 people came and the festival outgrew the church parking lot. Today, PEA, an independent nonprofit, houses their Earth Day Fair on the Winston Salem Fairgrounds; last year 10,000 people attended their zero-waste event.
Again this year, The Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg (UUCS), in collaboration with local environmentally conscious non-profits, is building on the past success of the Earth Day events at the public library and our very first Spartanburg Earth Day Festival in 2016. UUCS felt that it was time to expand to a festival format to involve more children, youth, families, and the community at large in an experiential, fun, educational exploration of environmental concerns and activities.
Spartanburg Earth Day awareness was begun by the League of Women Voters in conjunction with the Spartanburg County Headquarters Library. Mother Earth Takes Over the Library was held in 2014 and 2015 in the entry hall of the Headquarters Library, with the Spartanburg County Recycling Coordinator planning the 2015 event.
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