The Origins of Earth Day
April 22, 1970
Did you know that Earth Day began at PennDesign? April 22nd 1970 was the culmination of a week of related events celebrating emergent environmental consciousness conceived and organized by students in what was then the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.
The catalyst for the socio-political phenomenon of Earth Day was NASA imagery of the whole earth in space made public due to clever lobbying by Stuart Brand and Buckminster Fuller. Richard Weller, Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, schools us on Earth Day’s background for Penn IUR’s Urban Link.
Mark Alan Hughes (second from left), founding faculty director of Penn’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, engaged in conversation with Maryke van Staden, manager of the Low Carbon Cities Program, Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, mayor of Bonn, Germany, and Mauricio Rodas, former mayor of Quito, Ecuador. At COP 25, Penn also launched the City Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Financing Initiative (C2IFI), an effort to help connect cities to new financing mechanisms. (Photo Jocelyn Perry)