In 1969 at the UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and world peace to be celebrated the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. A month later, the United Nations sanctioned a proclamation for Earth Day and the first celebration was held April 22, 1970.
Monroe County has observed Earth Day since 2004. We will celebrate the 2019 Earth Expo on Saturday, April 13th at 11 am – 2 pm. Held indoors at Monroe County Community College in the Gerald Welch Health Building, the theme is Healthy Planet! Healthy You! The Expo promotes local green living by emphasizing buying and living locally and educating residents on everyday actions they can take to help restore and protect our community and the Earth. Environmental education efforts under way at local schools, including the Michigan Green School Program and a student program focusing on butterflies as an indicator species that reflects human impact on Earth’s ecosystems will also be featured at the event. The day offers free activities for children and adults, raffle prizes, giveaways, educational booths and refreshments!
Download the 2019 Earth Day flyer.
We are collaborating on this program with the Monroe County Recycling and Green Community Program, Monroe County Library System, Monroe YMCA, Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and IHM Senior Living Community.