DAY uses one of humanity’s great discoveries, the discovery of anniversaries
by which, throughout time, human beings have kept their sorrows and their
joys, their victories, their revelations and their obligations alive, for
re-celebration and re-dedication another year, another decade, another
century another eon. EARTH DAY reminds the people of the world of the need
for continuing care which is vital to Earth’s safety. …EARTH DAY draws
on astronomical phenomena in a new way; using the vernal equinox, the time
when the Sun crosses the equator making night and day of equal length in
all parts of the Earth. To this point in the annual calendar, EARTH DAY
attaches no local or divisive set of symbols, no statement of the truth
or superiority of one way of life over another. But the selection of the
March equinox makes planetary observance of a shared event possible.
vernal equinox calls on all mankind to recognize and respect Earth’s beautiful
systems of balance, between the presence of animals on land, the fish in
the sea, birds in the air, mankind, water, air, and land. Most importantly
there must always be awareness of the actions by people that can disturb
this precious balance.
"All individuals and institutions
have a mutual responsibility to now act as Trustees of Earth, seeking the
choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will eliminate pollution,
poverty and violence, foster peaceful progress, awaken the wonder of life,
and realize the best potential for the future of the human adventure."