City of Berkeley, California


WHEREAS, the original Earth Day was celebrated on the first day of spring on March 21, 1970; and

WHEREAS, plans for the first Earth Day were unveiled in the Bay Area during the November 1969 UNESCO Conference on the Environment; and

WHEREAS, the first Earth Day proclamation was issued by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto on March 21, 1970; and

WHEREAS, the Equinox is recognized as a unique moment of global equilibrium a special time of the year when day and night are exactly the same length all over the planet; and

WHEREAS, first day of spring is historically celebrated by people of every creed and culture on Earth as a symbol of renewal; and

WHEREAS, first day of spring is welcomed in the native tradtions as the arrival of the spirit of Seegwu, who causes the snows to melt, the warm rains to fall, and the flowers to bloom; and

WHEREAS, this year, in a rare conjunction, the Vernal Equinox coincides with Palm Sunday, another rich symbol of revival and rebirth; and

WHEREAS, the United Nations Peace Bell is sounded on the Equinox as part of a joyeous worldwide ringing of bells for universal peace and understanding, environmental protection, and human community; and

WHEREAS, the City of Berkeley acknowledges the local arrival of spring on the morning of Sunday, March 20, 2005; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Tom Bates, Mayor of the City of Berkeley, in honor of nature's true "Earth Day," do hereby invite all Berkeleyans to join with me in celebrating this occasion of global communion with the ringing of bells and the planting of seeds, and I do hereby proclaim March 20, 2005 as:

International Earth Day in Berkeley!

Berkeley resident Cynthia Mahabir and Councilmember Kriss Worthington
sound the Peace Bell for Earth Day 2004.

Zackery Runningwolf rings Berkeley's Peace Bell
to announce the first moment of spring 2004.

Photos by Gar Smith