The Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society



April 22, 2020


          Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! So I thought I’d pass along some Earth Day History! Earth Day was a result of two main events:  the publication of “Silent Spring” which pointed out the damage of pesticides, such as DDT, and their effect on the environment; and the January 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill. Many of us remember our schools celebrating Earth Day ( I remember as youngster being allowed to go outside for classes for the day, into the meadow behind our school, which, by the way, is now built upon!!)


Some results of the Celebration and Recognitions of Earth Day:

  • 1970 – In January, the 1-year anniversary of the California Santa Barbara Oil Spill was held the “Santa Barbara Environmental Rights Day”, the precursor for the international Earth Day

  • 1971 – February – the United Nations recognizes Earth Day

      The Creation of the Environmental Protection Agency

      The Passage of the Clean Water Act

  • By 1990 – (20th anniversary) Earth Day was recognized by 141 countries

  • 2016 – Paris Agreement – related to the effects and recognition of climate change

  • 2019 – the Great Global Clean-Up  -  held across the US, in most major US cities and towns

  • 2020 – Earth Day goes digital!  (due to the global pandemic) – check out #EarthDay2020 or #EarthRise

Have a Great Day





I will leave you with some Earth Day Quotes:

  • First Earth Day – We have met the enemy and he is us (used for the first Earth Day Slogan)  from the cartoon Pogo (anyone remember that one!??)

  • The Earth has music for those who listen – William Shakespeare

  • A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.  Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people – Franklin D Roosevelt

  • There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature – Aristotle

  • Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, Nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.  Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favorable comparison with the products of Nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.  -  Thomas Edison

  • Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better – Albert Einstein

  • The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • And my favorite:  Save the Earth, its our only source of chocolate!! 


                     ETHPS greatly appreciates the support of our Corporate Sponsors:


NJM Insurance Group

Ewing NJ

Investors Bank Foundation

Ewing NJ

Roma Bank Community Foundation

Ewing NJ


      Located at the Benjamin Temple House, Drake Farm Park

                           Future Home of the Ewing Museum

    27 Federal City Road, Ewing NJ 08638  ~ 609-883-2455

                   Hours of the Benjamin Temple House Museum and Library 

                                                 Wednesday, 10 am - 2 pm.

                  Other times by appointment with the Site Manager, Ellie Calcagno.

                      Free House Tours the first Sunday of Every Month,  2-4 pm.