by Dawn Tabata, Executive Director of the Grange Insurance Audubon Center
The concept of Earth Day began as a grassroots movement that created public support for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and contributed to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act and several other environmental laws. The idea was proposed by then-Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and established April 22, 1970.
“It was on that day that Americans made it clear that they understood and were deeply concerned over the deterioration of our environment and the mindless dissipation of our resources,” Senator Nelson once wrote while reflecting on the anniversary of Earth Day. Impactful words then and relevant today for sure.
Another celebration and recognition of our natural world, natural resources, and birds happens on April 26—the birth date of our own John James Audubon. In addition to Audubon’s incredible body of work as a wildlife artist, he also had a deep appreciation and concern for conservation. Later in his life with concern for the destruction of birds and their habitats, he wrote: “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”
This month, what are you doing to recognize Earth Day or honor John James Audubon?
At Grange Insurance Audubon Center we participated with a special community workday on April 9 where we replaced invasive, non-native plants with over 100 native trees. On April 22, we will join the community at the Green Columbus celebration on the Columbus Commons.
We honor John James Audubon by living out the National Audubon Society mission: to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
Contact us for ways you can participate.