Past Forward: Earth Day 2023
In honor of Earth Day 2023, we present #PastForward: A week of programming here on Green Matters honoring the spirit of the very first Earth Day, which was all about protesting against the environmental hazards hurting humanity.
Held on April 22, 1970, that day brought together an estimated 20 million people, whose demands quickly led to the founding of the EPA. Earth Day then evolved into an international holiday, which still encourages people to hold protests annually on Earth Day to this day.
However, the rise of capitalism has led to Earth Day also becoming something else: an excuse for companies to hold sales; a vague buzzword and greenwashing tactic; and a reason for people to post photos of themselves celebrating nature on social media.
And while we at Green Matters are big advocates of shopping sustainably and hugging trees, those things are not what Earth Day should be about. So for Earth Day this year, we’re bringing the Past Forward. Our stories this week will focus on the evolution of Earth Day over the past five decades, how to maintain the spirit of the original Earth Day, the activists who are protesting and suing the government over environmental justice issues, and more.
Stay tuned for Green Matters’ Past Forward programming.
Latest Past Forward: Earth Day 2023 News and Updates
Delaware Riverkeeper Maya K. van Rossum Is an Environmental Justice Warrior — Inside Her Fight to Save the Planet (Exclusive)Being the Delaware Riverkeeper is no easy gig, but environmental justice warrior Maya K. van Rossum wears the title with pride, enthusiasm, and ferocity.
From Teach-Ins to "Techno Striking": How the Environmental Movement Has Evolved Since the First Earth Day (Exclusive)Climate change protests have evolved immensely since the start of the environmental movement.
What Is “Cop City”? It Has Spawned a National Fight to Protect Southeast Atlanta's ForestNicknamed "Cop City" by opponents, the construction of the $90 million Atlanta Public Safety Training Center has sparked controversy and nationwide outcry.
Nalgene’s Rich History Spans Across Several Earth Days (Exclusive)For Earth Week, we spoke with Eric Hansen, the Marketing Director of Nalgene Outdoor, on the historic origins of the company.
Earth Day 2023: Why President Kathleen Rogers Believes the Holiday “Is a Chance to Become an Environmentalist” (Exclusive)In honor of Earth Day 2023, we spoke with Kathleen Rogers, a former environmental lawyer and the current President of EarthDay.org.
GreenLatinos Wants You to Keep Your Environmental Activism Intersectional (Exclusive)Green Matters spoke with GreenLatinos, a U.S. nonprofit made up of Latino leaders, who are constantly working to address environmental justice issues.
These Five Artists Are Confronting the Climate Crisis With Climate Change ArtThrough anything from watercolor to printmaking, artists are using climate change art to address the climate crisis as well as other major issues.
This Teen Is Suing Her Home State in the Historic 'Held v. Montana' Climate Change Case (Exclusive)'Held v. Montana' will go to trial in June 2023 — we spoke with teen plaintiff Taleah Hernández and attorney Nate Bellinger to learn more.
What Have We Done to Earth Day? (Opinion)Greenwashing on Earth Day has diluted the meaning of the holiday.
An Environmental Historian and Attorney's Legacy in Conservation and Environmental LawWe spoke to environmental historian and attorney, Lowell E. Baier, about his 58-year career in environmental law. Here's what he had to say.