MARK and CCCD partner for Earth Day celebration
Arkville — The year 1970 was the marking period for the hippie/flower child culture. With a war raging in Vietnam, protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause.
At the same time, Americans were feeding their V-8 sedans with leaded gas, industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press, and air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Mainstream America seemed oblivious to environmental concerns making “Environment” a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.
However, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller “Silent Spring” in 1962. The book represented a game changer for the modern environmental movement, and Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health perhaps more than any person of her day.
Focus on earth
Earth Day 1970 garnered the attention of the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center. Forty-four years later, the nation continues to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with tree plantings, water quality studies, roadside clean ups, and recycling programs just to name a few.
With this in mind, on Tuesday, April 22 the MARK Project in partnership with the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development will be distributing reusable shopping bags at area stores. You can pick up a free bag on your way in to shop and come out with one less plastic bag, you know, the ones you see littering the sides of our scenic roadways, hanging in trees along the East Branch, or cluttering our landfills with waste that takes generations to disintegrate.
If you are not out and about shopping on Earth Day, you can pick up a reusable bag at the offices of the MARK Project and Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in Arkville during normal business hours.