The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 http://www.earthday.org/about/the-history-of-earth-day/ . Students from Boise State’s Environmental Science program have continued the tradition, organizing Earth Week events each day this week as part of their capstone projects https://news.boisestate.edu/update/2016/04/18/celebrate-earth-week-campus-april/.
In the library Dr. Lisa Brady and graduate student Kate Clausson have organized a display in the first floor elevator lobby using items from Special Collections and Archives, including the above image, from the original Earth Week program. The first Earth Day was organized by US Senator Gaylord Nelson to raise awareness of growing ecological issues with an environmental “teach-in” in schools and universities across the nation. We can get a sense of the tenor of the event from the program guest list, which included Allen Ginsberg and Ralph Nader.
An Earth Day board on the library’s Pinterest account includes more resources on the event https://www.pinterest.com/albertsonslib/earth-day/. For research on the topic check out the Environmental Studies library guide http://guides.boisestate.edu/environment.
Elizabeth Ramsey Assistant Professor, Librarian