This mural was drawn by school children in the Andean Mountain community of Santiago De Okola. Photo by Cayte Bosler
Commemorating Earth Day
In 1970, famed anchor Walter Cronkite announced Earth Day for the first time on a CBS news special.
Tens of millions of people, mostly students, had taken to the streets across the country with a message for leadership — “act or die,” as Cronkite recounted to his audience. Air pollution from leaded gas emissions and inefficient vehicles reigned as the leading concern which united protesters and activists to rally for systematic change.
Thus, half a century ago, the modern environmental movement ignited. The first Earth Day gave national attention to environmental issues and brought politicians together to lay the foundation for laws such as the Clean Air Act.
The movement has since gone global. Each year, it serves as a platform to amplify efforts taking place in the defense of the natural world. Across the Adirondacks, many places have designed their own activities to celebrate and educate.
The theme for this year’s Earth Day is “Invest in Our Planet.” As Adirondack Explorer’s newly instated climate reporter, I plan to invest in coverage that spans the currents of climate effects on the region.
The stories of a changing climate are everywhere. From differences in snow fall to bird migration to insect populations to local economies struggling or adapting, my beat has already begun to explore these. It will evolve and branch into many themes and topics as I continue to report and learn. I bring my background in sustainability science and research in the ecology and management of protected areas throughout the Americas.
When there is a climate concern or story in your area, I’d love to hear from you.
For Earth Day, I’ll be spending the day with my puppy Murie, named for Mardy Murie, dubbed “the grandmother of conservation,” cruising the trails. Happy Earth Day to you all in honor of all there is worth protecting.
Editor’s note: This is the first installment of “Climate Matters,” a new weekly newsletter by Adirondack Explorer’s climate reporter Cayte Bosler. We invite you to sign up here.