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Earth Day Procession of the Species 2013

The Procession of the Species kicked off Earth Day 2013 in Corvallis Saturday with events planned through out the week.

Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 --marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

snip: The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.

As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. "It was a gamble," Gaylord recalled, "but it worked."

Follow me over the squiggle for photos of some beautiful activist all of all ages!

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A beautiful Fairy warms up for the parade with a hula hoop.

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Afterwards, her beautiful mom helps her with her wings.

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Waiting on the parade to begin.

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These two cuties just about stole the show!

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Ruby's human has a tail too!

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With the arrival of the giant frog to act as our escort, we were off! Activist in the streets of Corvallis!

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I took to the streets armed with my camera as a Monarch Butterfly.

What activism have you been involved in lately? Any plans for Earth Day?

All photos ©BlueJessamine.
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