Forty years ago today, people in the United States (and right here in Boulder) celebrated the first Earth Day, which makes the holiday solidly middle-aged. (But don’t worry Earth Day, 40 is the new 30, so I’m sure you’ll be around for decades to come.)
For the first Earth Day in Boulder, students and townies staged a massive “teach in” — how very 1970 of them. (You can read more about the inspiration behind Boulder’s Earth Day, and how far we’ve come, in a great article by Cindy Sutter.)
When the festivities were finished, one lasting vestige of Earth Day persevered — and is still around — thanks to one “long-haired, shawl-wearing, jeans-wearing hippie in sandals” named Sunni Eckhardt. That vestige is the University of Colorado Environmental Center — the oldest (and likely most bad-assest) of its kind in the country. You can read about its history of student activism at DailyCamera.com.
And, if you need some help celebrating this 41st Earth Day (yes, 40th anniversary, but 41st Earth Day) check out the listing of events right here on BGB.