On the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, the American people finally had a forum to express concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air – and they did so with spectacular exuberance. Because of this powerful grassroots effort, the President and Congress was moved to create the Environmental Protection Agency, set national air quality standards, establish pollution regulations and ban DDT.
Although today the ecological problems of climate change and pollution seem no less daunting than they did on that groundbreaking day, in a testimony to the power of the imagination, this exhibition brings vision into the conservation conversation; adding Revision to the familiar Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
The environmental challenges often seem so huge that one can feel demoralized, immobilized and bewildered about how to take action. The complexities appear to be so entangled that having any personal impact seems impossible. But, if we all begin with one small gesture, together the accumulation of good deeds can make a BIG and positive change.
Everything you do helps! Start right where you are … be it sweeping the sidewalk in front of your house or a tending a watershed not far from where you live. The choices you make, make a difference. Anywhere, everywhere can be a place for stewardship.