THE REAL EARTH DAY
Earth Day is a Singular Date.

Earth Day is the March Equinox.  Calling other dates Earth Day diminishes focus on unity in the care of Earth that a scientific, poetic, historic and singular Earth Day can bring.

Earth Day is celebrated at the United Nations each year on the first day of Spring.  Plans for the first Earth Day were announced in San Francisco at the November 1969 UNESCO Conference on the Environment.  The founder of Earth Day presented the idea.  He already had the support of the City of San Francisco.  Earth Day Proclamations were issued by the City of San Francisco and other Northern California Cities and the first Earth Day was celebrated on March 21, 1970.

In 1971 UN Secretary General U Thant rang the United Nations Peace Bell on March 21, 1971.  This began the annual celebration of Earth Day at the United Nations.

On Earth Day the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at the moment Spring begins: a moment of global equipoise when people worldwide can join in a renewed heartfelt commitment to the protection and care of our planet.

The United Nations Earth Day event is the centerpiece of an annual global holiday that continues to bring the greatest unity in achieving the common objective of local and global harmony with nature and neighbors.

Festivals on the March Equinox go back to Stonehenge, Persia, the Mayans and early Chinese history.  This is nature's day when Light and darkness (day and night) are of equal length worldwide.  Earth Day is the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and of Fall in the Southern Hemisphere.  When the United Nations Peace Bell rings at the moment of equinox on Earth Day, it is Earth Day all over the world.

The symbolism of Earth Day - the equilibrium and balance of the equinox - encourages and inspires independence and cooperation.  The simultaneous global event deepens our sense of unity.  It fosters a sense of rights and responsibilities in the protection and care of Earth.  From Earth Day has come a growing consensus that every individual and institution should act as Earth Trustees, seeking what can be done in ecology, economics and ethics to benefit people and planet.  This will help us obtain a healthy, peaceful future and speed the day when bells will ring all over the world as we celebrate Earth Day, the Great Day of Earth.

John McConnell
1933 Woodbine St.
Ridgewood, NY 11385
PH: (718) 366-6963

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