What do you know about Earth Day? Do you even know when Earth Day is celebrated? Or what it is celebrating? April 22 is now officially Earth Day and it is a worldwide–although mostly confined to countries where people make enough money to care about such things–celebration of the vital importance of environmental awareness and ecological concern. If you know all the main stuff about Earth Day, good for you. But you may not be aware of some truly amazing trivia behind this international day of observance.
What’s the Environmental Significance of April 22?
One of the really surprising pieces of trivia behind Earth Day is the reason chosen for its date of observance. Those looking for some special significance related to an environmental fact will be disappointed. The motivation behind the choice of April 22 was to find a day in which the largest number of likely participants might be available across the country during a time when weather conditions would be most amenable to outdoor gatherings. Keeping in mind that the first Earth Day can be fairly regarded as one of the last gasps of the cultural revolution of the children of the 1960s, April 22 was chosen as Earth Day primarily on the basis of fitting almost perfectly between the end of Spring Break and the beginning of final exams at America colleges. As usual, the journalistic media dependent upon the advertising money from those who faced the potential threat of raising environmental awareness–Big Business–failed to do the basic legwork necessary to report on the event honestly.
Earth Day is a Commie Plot “to make American children live in an environment that is good for them.”
In one of those crazy coincidences that can fuel an entire cottage industry preying up those easily duped by conspiracy theories, April 22 also happened to be the birth date of the leader of communist revolution in Russia, Vladimir Lenin. That was all it took for those on the Far Right lunatic fringe to believe that Earth Day was little more than another addition to the long laundry list of plots to poison the minds of America’s youth with Marxist theory: fluoride in the water, movies written and directed by the Hollywood Ten and the belief voiced by a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution that living in a non-poisonous environment somehow is not only an idea subversive to the American way of life, but bad for children and other living things!
The Earth Day Special Holiday TV Special
“The Earth Day Special” is not quite as weird a holiday TV special as the Star Wars Holiday or Paul Lynde’s Halloween ones, but it may be close. Even stranger is that while you may have no memory of this TV special that went green in 1990, it may very well feature more bona fide superstars than any other holiday special to ever show up on TV. A partial list of the stars who showed up on “The Earth Day Special” includes Bill Cosby, Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Dustin Hoffman, Magic Johnson, Meryl Streep, a mess of Muppets and even Alex Trebek.
The very first Earth Day did not just give birth to a socio-political movement, it gave birth to a fashion trend. True, not a stylish fashion trend, but one that is as much a part of the 1970s as hot pants and leisure suits. Only Earth Shoes managed to outlive the decade. Earth Shoes featured a patented “negative heel” that offered a more authentically natural manner of walking, according to designer Anne Nalso . Inspiration across the worlds of commerce and social activism combined, as they often do, to the point that not only did the first time day of environmental awareness led Nalso to dub her invention Earth Shoes, but Earth Day became the day in 1970 that she opened her first store to sell those shoes to the public .
“…gravity all nonsense now.”
The official Earth Day Anthem an ode to the adoration of the earth. As far as holiday songs go, the Earth Day anthem’s lyrics aren’t going to make anyone forget “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” The music is something entirely . You may not have thought you’d ever live long enough to see Ludwig Van Beethoven go green, but that’s exactly the deal. If you feel like you’ve heard the Earth Day anthem before, but have no recall of the lyrical content, it may be because you are familiar with “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. So close you eyes and slooshy lovely pictures of the earth around you the next time you hear old Ludwig Van.