The Earth is what we all have in common.
The Spartanburg Earth Day Festival (SEDF) builds community, celebrates the many gifts we receive from Earth, and inspires our citizens to care for our planet. SEDF seeks to include Spartanburg County's diverse population, engaging all people in appreciation of and concern for our environment and natural resources. Our intent is to educate our community about the fragileness of our planet, the interdependency of people and resources in preserving viable, life-sustaining eco-systems, and to enhance awareness of the role each individual can play in protecting and sustaining our planet. The festival itself is striving to become a zero-waste event with broad community appeal and participation. We accomplish these goals through education, the arts, and hands on experiences.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg (UUCS), in collaboration with local environmentally conscious non-profits, built on the past success of the Earth Day events at the public library. In 2016 UUCS expanded the Earth Day recognition 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.
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.