Photos by Rosa Limon. Text by Naomi Scher.
Eco Station NY celebrated Earth Day on Friday June 3rd this year (the original celebration had to be cancelled due to inclement weather). Our new member and blog photographer, Rosa Limon, visited the Bushwick Campus Farm earlier this month and took beautiful photos of the festivities. Though it came three weeks late, Eco Station’s event effectively achieved what the first Earth Day observances were intended to do: spread awareness about environmental issues through community organizing.
The first Earth Day was proposed by Senator Gaylord Nelson (D, Wisconsin). Nelson was troubled by the devastation caused in the wake of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara California. He saw that American attitudes towards environmental pollution were flippant and poorly informed. Inspired by the student anti-war movement of 1969, he aimed to coordinate a nation-wide consciousness raising event that could educate citizens on the dangers of unregulated waste disposal practices and emission levels in the manufacturing sector, and unscrupulous gas consumption. On April 22nd, 1970 Earth Day became a reality. That day, 20 million protestors and activists took to the streets, auditoriums, and campus quads of major US cities to rally in support of the conservation movement. Earth Day has since become an international event observed by over 140 participating nations.
Of course, friends of the environment can practice activism and community education any day of the year. Eco Station NY and Bushwick Campus Farm proved that Earth Day can be any (and every) day. Check out Rosa’s photos below.
The farm’s wheelbarrows juxtaposed against a backdrop of brownstones makes for a powerful image:
Bushwick Campus Farm and Eco Station are committed to teaching young people about food insecurity, good
nutrition, and local food issues. Below, a student from a participating school makes a smoothie.
There was also a composting demo:
And a sculpture:
I’m looking forward to what Eco Station NY and the Bushwick Campus Farm will do next!