NEW YORK. Following the Yehudi Menuhin Tribute at Avery Fisher Hall, Lord Menuhin today added his signature to the original 1970 Earth Day Proclamation. John McConnell, founder of Earth Day, brought the historic document for him to sign. The original signatories include former UN Secretary General U Thant, Anthropologist Margaret Mead, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Senator Mark Hatfield, and former President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. The last signature added (1995) was that of Yasir Arafat, President of Palestine.
With Mr. McConnell's warm approval Lord Menuhin provided a statement which will be an addendum to the Earth Day Proclamation. It will also be part of the Earth Magna Charta . The text is as follows:
WHEREAS: The exercise of arts and crafts -- especially in the form of singing, dancing, mime acting and music-making -- is the most effective antidote to violence and crime. Let us ensure that every child from the very first year will NEVER be deprived of the aural and physical experience on which its whole life and the future of humanity depends."
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