The Other Earth Day

Living on Earth

On April 22nd, people around the world will mark the 28th Earth Day. But what folks probably don’t know is that the Earth Day they’ll be celebrating on April 22nd is not the only Earth Day, nor was it the first. On March 21, 1970, the spring equinox, Mr. John McConnell organized a celebration he called Earth Day. Occurring just one month before Senator Gaylord Nelson’s more widely- publicized Earth Day, Nelson’s event led to the observance we now mark each year. Mr. McConnell’s Earth Day also continues to be celebrated, but he is perhaps better-known for designing the Earth Flag. Steve Curwood caught up with Mr. McConnell, who is 83 and lives in New York City, and asked him how he celebrates his Earth Day.

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