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Welcome to the Official Site of 

International

Earth Day


The original Earth Day, on the March equinox
Earth's global holiday
Drawing together peoples of all nations, cultures, and religions
To advance Peace, Justice, and Earth Care



John McConnell, founder of Earth Day,
died October 20 in Denver at the age of 97.

His wife, Anna, who nursed him faithfully for many years, is a saint.

Condolences may be sent to

4924 E. Kentucky Circle
Denver, CO 80246

Phone: 303-758-7687




Now published --
John McConnell's autobiography

Earth Day:
Peace, Justice, and Earth Care
My Life and Thought at Age 96


Wipf and Stock, Eugene OR


Earth Day 2013

2013 Earth Day
March 20, 2013 (7:02 AM EDT - 11:02 UTC) at 7:02 AM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
or 11:02 AM UTC March 20 (Greenwich, England)

The energyEASE07 Conference held November 16-18, 2007
in San Francisco honored John McConnell.
It was the inaugural event of EASE Initiative
(Environmental Accountability for a Sustainable Earth).
For more information, click on EASE
.
50th Anniversary of Sputnik
October 4, 2007


October 4, 2007 was the 50th anniversary of the launching of the first Earth satellite. October 4 also is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Ecology and minister of peace in Christ. Open your hearts every October 4 and meditate on actions for peace, with other people around the world, and expect the fruit of peaceful results in the world community.


"Minute for Peace," December 22, 2009


On December 22, just three days before Christmas, 1963, the first "Minute for Peace" was broadcast on radio and TV stations. This came one month after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Wire services featured the "Minute for Peace" in news stories that went around the world. The broadcast included the voice of President Kennedy addressing the United Nations with an urgent plea for peace, and asked each listener to dedicate his thoughts and action to peace.

On June 26, 1965, the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the United Nations charter, a "Minute for Peace" message featuring UN Secretary General U Thant was broadcast on all major U.S. radio networks, by United Nations radio, by networks in other countries, and by international short wave radio.

Since then, all over the globe, we who have pledged ourselves as Earth Trustees have taken a minute each December 22 to meditate and pray for peace. Again this year we ask you to join us in this effort to help bring peace.

Can a "Minute for Peace" become a minute of goodwill observed in unison around the world? Will it irresistibly move the leaders of men into paths of peace? Will the hearts and minds of people in all countries be touched by the Holy Spirit with the peace and love that bring men into the Kingdom of God?

What has happened so far seemed utterly impossible at first. Who knows what may happen if we put our faith to work and use the power of the Spirit to solve the problem of the sword?

On December 22, 2011, join with Earth Trustees all over the world in dedicating your hearts during a "Minute for Peace." Let every radio and TV station fill the day with minutes of music and words that inspire peaceful actions. Help us unite as one human family in new understanding and care for this wonderful nest in the stars: Planet Earth, our home.

Let us know your plans for "Minute for Peace Day" so that we may publicize them here.

On Earth Day 2007, March 20, John McConnell and his wife Anna appeared
as guests of honor in
Laguna Beach, California
as the City of Laguna Beach celebrated Earth Day.
For details of events in 2009 contact Charles Michael Murray in Laguna Beach, via EndangeredPlanet.net (see below).



HOIST THE SAILS!

By John McConnell

Four billion years ago
Our lonely Earth
Set sail on cosmic seas
Guided by an unseen hand
Of nature, God or chance.

As life evolved
Through endles eco-cycles
Man was born, destined
To destroy or enrich
the Precious Ship.

And now his hand
Has seized the tiller
But his ear has not
Yet caught the Captain's
Quiet command.

The sails are down, the ship becalmed,
Its fragil life at stake.
No longer do we ride the gentle swells of
Silent seas and breathe
The fragrant air.

Broken are the rhythms
Of our cyclic plants
And other living things.

But now the Captain speaks again
Our quiet thoughts at last reveal his voice.

"Hoist the sails, Earth Man.
Set them for celestial winds.
Hold the tiler firm,
The course ahead is clear."

Be He nature, God or chance
His voice is heard
And we shall heed
The Captain's quiet command.


– Important Perennial Message from John McConnell –
We urge world leaders to speak out for a Global Minute for Peace. Efforts by world leaders to speak out for this annual event could result in new hope and a new beginning for the whole human family. The date of December 22 can be designated Global Minute for Peace Day, and celebrated worldwide every year.

"Minute for Peace -- December 22,
Provides the Way to Global Peace"

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"Earth Day Lighthouse 2006"
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"Star of Wonder"
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St. Francis and Earth Day
Next Life and This Life
Reflection on the Meaning of Life
Magic Bullet
POPE - Peace on Planet Earth

Happy Birthday to the Founder of Earth Day!!
John McConnell -- 97 years young!!
born March 22, 1915

On March 22, 2012, John McConnell celebrated his 97th birthday!
Happy Birthday, John McConnell!!


Earth's Resurrection

· New List -- Websites and groups honoring the equinox
Earth Day, March 20-21 ·
http://www.endangeredplanet.org


People who have registered as Earth Trustees (updated for October, 2005).


- Cities proclaiming March 20 as Earth Day -
Laguna Beach CA 2006 & 2007, San Francisco 2007, Berkeley 2005, and Denver 2005
See Below


  Gavin Newsom, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco,
proclaimed March 20, 2007 as
Earth Day.


  Elizabeth Pearson-Schneider, MAYOR of the City of Laguna Beach, California,
proclaimed March 20, 2006 as
Earth Day
officially recognizing
"John McConnell's vision for the protection of planet earth."
Laguna Beach reocgnized Earth Day on March 20 in 2007 by proclaiming Laguna Beach to be an Earth Trustee City.


  Toni Iseman, MAYOR of the City of Laguna Beach, California,
in 2007 proclaimed Laguna Beach as an
Earth Trustee City
aiming to preserve "our rocky and sandy shoreline, our verdant hillsides and our magnificent canyons."


  John W. Hickenlooper, MAYOR of the City and County of Denver, Colorado,,
proclaimed March 20, 2005 as
"Denver's Earth Day"
officially recognizing
"the first day of spring as Global EARTH DAY
and Mr. McConnell for his many contributions."


Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco,
proclaimed March 21, 2006 as
"International Earth Day in San Francisco"
honoring the first Earth Day on March 21, 1970
and the first Earth Day Proclamation
issued in 1970 by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto,
"in our tradition to honor peace,
justice, and care of our Earth."


  Tom Bates, Mayor of the City of Berkeley,
proclaimed March 20, 2005 as
"International Earth Day in Berkeley"
in honor of nature's true "Earth Day,"
an "occasion of global communion,"
with the "joyous worldwide ringing of bells
for universal peace and understanding,
environmental protection, and human community."
Earth Day was hosted in 2006 and again in 2007.



Earth Trustee Newsletter
Fourth Issue: #1-4 August 15, 2004

Global Minute for Peace Day


Third Issue: #1-3 May 6, 2004
Second Issue: #1-2 Feb 22, 2004
First Issue: #1-1 Feb 1, 2004


**Proposal for EARTH HOUR!--
a Weekly TV Program**

** Stories of Earth Trustees **

Reagan and Carter
President Bush and Jesus

Our Cosmic Quest

Sowing the Seed - 1911


Archival Collection of John McConnell's Papers and Documents, Swarthmore Library

Information about attending the Annual International Earth Day at the United Nations is found at http://www.earthsocietyfoundation.org/earthday.htm.

How to Celebrate Earth Day

News Note:  Mr. and Mrs. McConnell attended the Peace Bell ceremony at the United Nations
in New York City on March 20 (1:49 a.m. EST), 2004.
Mr. McConnell delivered his annual Earth Day message as the chief speaker.


Earth Day is on the March Spring Equinox,
Nature's day all over the world.


Earth Day 2013 will occur MARCH 20, 2013 at 7:02 PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
or 11:02 PM UTC (Greenwich, England).

Global Peace Blitz

The purpose of this Earth Site is to get attention for the Earth Day Idea --
the idea that can do the most for people and planet:

All individuals and institutions have a mutual responsibility to act as Trustees of Earth, seeking the choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, foster peaceful progress, awaken the wonder of life, and realize the best potential for the future of the human adventure.

"The earth will continue to regenerate its life sources only as long as we and all the peoples of the world do our part to conserve its natural resources.  It is a responsibility which every human being shares.  Through voluntary action, each of us can join in building a productive land in harmony with nature."

President Gerald Ford
Proclaiming March 21st as Earth Day


"EARTH DAY uses one of humanity’s great discoveries, the discovery of anniversaries by which, throughout time, human beings have kept their sorrows and their joys, their victories, their revelations and their obligations alive, for re-celebration and re-dedication another year, another decade, another century, another eon.  EARTH DAY reminds the people of the world of the need for continuing care which is vital to Earth’s safety.  …EARTH DAY draws on astronomical phenomena in a new way; using the vernal equinox, the time when the Sun crosses the equator making night and day of equal length in all parts of theEarth.  To this point in the annual calendar, EARTH DAY attaches no local or divisive set of symbols, no statement of the truth or superiority of one way of life over another.  But the selection of the March equinox makes planetary observance of a shared event possible.

"The vernal equinox calls on all mankind to recognize and respect Earth’s beautiful systems of balance, between the presence of animals on land, the fish in the sea, birds in the air, mankind, water, air, and land.  Most importantly there must always be awareness of the actions by people that can disturb this precious balance."

Margaret Mead
Read Margaret Mead's 1977 Earth Day Statement


Season of Peace 2003
November 22 - December 22


Minute for Peace Day -- December 22

Why the March Equinox is the Only True Earth Day

Earth Day: Past, Present, Future
by Lee Lawrence and John McConnell


Earth Day is not April 22

The Real Earth Day

Information about Earth Day 2013 will be posted when available.


John McConnell's Writings:
· Sampler · Archive · Index · More stories on the Earth Site ·
John McConnell -- My Life Story

Register to become an Earth Trustee


Photos

· Earth Flag in Space (Mir Space Station) · Earth Flag at North Pole · Earth Flag at South Pole

"Every Living Thing"
Song by Ervin Drake dedicated to John McConnell

September 7, 2000:
Gorbachev Signs Earth Day Proclamation



  Read the Earth Magna Charta, a document which discusses the ideals
behind the campaign for Earth as well as the action people should take.



Find out how to become part of a global plan
to support and sustain our earth as an Earth Trustee.



Learn about the ideals which helped to shape Earth Day
    as well as the circumstances which led to its beginning.



Read The 77 Theses, the Principles and Policies
    that will foster the peaceful nurture and care of Planet Earth.



Read about John McConnell, the man who founded Earth Day
and continues to speak for environmental as well as other global issues.



Find out about the history and significance of The Earth Flag and how to order one.




The Earth Day Stamp is part of the "Celebrate the Century - 1970's" U.S. Stamp Collection.





Visit some interesting links concerning John McConnell, Earth Day, and the Earth Trustee Idea.

Click
here to send an email that will be delivered personally to John McConnell.



Millions of people around the world are reached through our internet sites and many are becoming Earth Trustees.

Earth Day, celebrated on the Spring or Vernal Equinox, is the most significant day of the year for the environment, because people from all nations, backgrounds, races, colors, religions, and all other human-made barriers celebrate Earth as our common planetary home.

If you are doing anything concrete with the ideas put forth by John McConnell and the Earth Trustee Idea, please write to us and we will post them.

Take care of Earth -- It's our home.

Become an Earth Trustee.

Help us spread the message.
Please send your contributions to:

Mrs. John McConnell
4924 E. Kentucky Circle
Denver, CO 80246

Phone: 303-758-7687

Thank you for your support.



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February 1, 2013
2003-2013 © John McConnell



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