Earth Day (April 22)

Every April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day. Information about UWW’s Earth Day conference on April 22nd and other campus events is online.

Earth image from NASA

The federal government’s web site has suggestions for things you can do at home, at work or in the classroom. The Environmental Protection Agency provides a history of Earth Day, which was proposed by Gaylord Nelson, then U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, and first celebrated in 1970 (the same year the EPA was created). The web site includes listings of major U.S. environmental legislation and links to articles and reports related to Earth Day history.

Library resources are available for more information:

Beyond Earth Day cover

A keyword search of the Library catalog for “earth day” finds some materials that could be used with children, as well as Gaylord Nelson’s 2002 book Beyond Earth Day: fulfilling the promise (3rd-floor Main Collection, GE195 .N45 2002). Some materials are government publications, including State of Wisconsin’s natural resources (Wisconsin documents NAT 1/2:S 73/2001).

Blessed Unrest cover

Catalog searches for other keywords find additional related materials. A search for environmentalism, for example, brings up the book Blessed unrest: how the largest movement in the world came into being and why no one saw it coming (3rd-floor Main Collection GE195 .H388 2007). Here’s a quote from it:

“Healing the wounds of the earth and its people does not require saintliness or a political party, only gumption and persistence. It is not a liberal or conservative activity; it is a sacred act. It is a massive enterprise undertaken by ordinary citizens everywhere, not by self-appointed governments or oligarchies.”

Economics of Climate Change cover

A keyword search for “environmental policy” finds titles like The economics of climate change: the Stern Review (3rd-floor Main Collection QC981.8.C5 G738 2007) and First along the river: a brief history of the U.S. environmental movement (3rd-floor Main Collection, GE195 .K578 2007).

Articles are also available through Library databases such as EBSCOhost‘s Academic Search Premier and WilsonWeb’s General Science Full Text. In the latter database, for example, a search for environmentalism finds “Where the Green is: examining the paradox of environmentally conscious consumption,” an article in Electronic Green Journal. In both of these databases results may be limited to scholarly/peer-reviewed articles if desired.

Finally, you can locate organizations and their websites by using the Associations Unlimited database. A search for earth day finds Earth Day Network, and many other organizations.

Government Printing Office logo

The University Library is a federal depository with many federal, state, local, and international documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in print, microfiche, CD-ROM, and electronically. Come check out your government at the University Library!

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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2 Responses to Earth Day (April 22)

  1. Mark Chipkin says:

    How about spending Earth Day getting your young gardeners (and those young at heart), excited about plants and nature? I thought your young gardeners would enjoy an indoor gardening adventure, growing the TickleMe Plant (Mimosa pudica). Recently featured by the National Gardening Associations Kids Store,
    If you want to give your young gardeners an experience they will never forget, consider having them grow a TickleMe Plant. This is the plant that will close its leaves and lower its branches when you tickle it. They sprout in days and can be grown indoors any time of year. Just Google TickleMe Plants or go to for seeds and growing kits. This plant has turned many kids into plant and nature lovers. I know, because I grow TickleMe Plants in my classroom. Your children may never look at plants in the same way and neither will you!
    Happy Growing,

  2. Trixie says:

    If you have missed the UWW Earth Day ‘Our Ecological Footprint’ conference on April 22, the keynotes from the three nationally known speakers are available on the UWW iTunesU site at UWW iTunes U ( You need the iTunes program on your computer to access iTunesU.

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