Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day. The 1st Earth Day was held on 22 April 1970. Around 20 million Americans participated in massive coast-to-coast rallies for health and sustainable environment. Thousands of colleges and universities organized against the deterioration of the environment due to oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, loss of wilderness, extinction of wild life, etc.
The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.
Earth Day became global in 1990. Two hundred million (200M) in 141 countries took part. Theme: “Recycling.” The 1990 Earth Day paved the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Earth Day 2010 focused on global warming – clean energy. Participants: 184 countries.
Today, 2015: 22,000 organizations in 192 countries, more than 1 Billion participants (estimated).
The St. Anthony Parish, GKK Zone III celebrated Earth Day on 21 April 2015, Brgy. Carpenter Hill Gym, Brgy. Carpenter Hill, City of Koronadal.
Called “Environmental Summit” its theme is “The Future Belongs to Our Children.”
Talk 1. “Updates on Site of Struggle (SOS) against Mining” – Danny Arias, AliansaTigil Mina.
- “Coal and Climate Justice” – Mr. Valentin, Philippine Movement on Climate Change.
- “”On Water Condition” – Atty. Mae Galong, Provincial Legal Office
- “Transparency in Mining” – Ms. Beverly Bismanos, Bantay Kita.
- “On Biodiversity” – Atty. Ping Peria, Biodiversity Indigenous Trade System.
- “Church View on Environment” – Fr. Gillarme “Joy” Peliño, DSAC Director.
Reactors: (1) Bro. Nelson Mapa, Layco, PME, MBA, LLB, Pollution Control Officer (DENR – EMB ACCR); (2) Mr. CarlitoUy – Business Sector; (3) Bro. Jose Ruben Tano, Layco, Brgy. Captain, Brgy. Sta. Cruz; (4) Hon. EliordoOgena, Vice-Mayor, Koronadal City, Author, Environmental Code, South Cotabato.
Caravans before and after the Summit.
GKK Zone III is composed of 8 GKKs.