“Earth Day is one of our most important observances,” said Mayor Michael Brennan this afternoon at city hall. The Mayor was referring to the observance of Urban Earth Day this Sunday, April 22, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The observance takes place on Monument Square – regardless of the weather. It is hosted by the City of Portland and MENSK.
Earth Day first happened back in 1970. Some credit Rachel Carson, author of “Silent Spring,” as a contributing factor to Earth Day. Carson wrote this classic book which changed how many looked at the environment in 1962 – fifty years ago this year. Undoubtedly her influence was instrumental in establishing this event. Maine Audubon, Falmouth, is hosting a panel of experts talking about her impact on Thursday, April 26, at 7 pm. Admission is free.
Mayor Brennan will kick off the celebration on Sunday which will showcase many of Portland’s environmental and non-profit organizations, artists and sustainable businesses. Attendees can learn about local efforts to promote sustainable business practices and improve Portland’s urban environment.
“The whole issue of global warming has heightened our interest in Urban Earth Day,” said Mayor Brennan. “There have also been several state legislative initiatives that have been rolled back that were in place. Over the last five years, awareness of the effects of global warming have made us aware of the threats we have to our environment.”
For more information on this event, please visit Post # l,017, dated 4/9/12 herein.