“First Earth Day 1970” is early painting in tribute to the First Earth Day, an event sponsored by Harvard University and the Graduate School of Design. It was quite an enlightening time. We were charged with bringing environmental awareness to the forefront, while incorporating sustainable green concepts in our designs on the land, both regionally and site specific. My neighbor/professor Frederick T Smith, then President of the National Academy of Sciences, emceed the event, where we heard notables Nobel scientist George Wald, Paul R Erlich, a Stanford University biologist and author of the best-selling book The Population Bomb, and Ian McHarg, University of Pennsylvania landscape architect and a renowned writer on regional planning.
Earth Day is an annual event, now celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
No. 2248. “First Earth Day 1970” Original Mixed Acrylic on 30″h x 40″w Stretched Canvas.