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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Earth balls, and Earth Day.

A huge ball being handled by a lot of people...as seen in the last photo in this post.


Earth Day - Founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday that is sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green awareness. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the antiwar protests of the late 1960s, Earth Day was originally aimed at creating a mass environmental movement. It began as a “national teach-in on the environment” and was held on April 22 to maximize the number of students that could be reached on university campuses. By raising public awareness of air and water pollution, Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight. (http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/earth-day)

I find it of interest that it wasn't until 2015 that the Paris Environmental Accord brought 196 nations together with some intention of doing something about the climate change of our earth.


 The first Earth Day, April 22, 1970.


First Earth Day, 1970.

Earth Ball game (New Games) - see the YouTube video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0C4qrcsSn0

I don't know when New Games came about, but they were very popular at Earth Day celebrations, a way for all that energy to be utilized in a fun way.

So when Sepia Saturday showed a crowd holding up a huge ball, I immediately flashed back to those Earth Ball games we played in the 70s. 



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7 comments:

  1. I never knew about those earth ball games. I was not paying much attention back in 1970 to earth day. I don't think I even knew about it until years later.

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  2. Great match for the prompt. I had forgotten that Earth Day began so many years ago.

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  3. A photo from the Cassini spacecraft shows planet Saturn, closely between its wing-like rings, a faint pinprick of light. A miniscule dot, Earth bustling with life as we know it. The first image of earth in deep space, was captured by the Voyager spacecraft in 1990. It stunned the famous astronomer Carl Sagan who called our seemingly miniscule planet a "pale blue dot" and "the only home we've ever known."

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  4. Actually Earth Day was what I first thought of when the Sepia Saturday prompt was posted, so I was surprised that it was from 1910. Giant ball games, new or old rules, would make a great new Olympic sport. Teams of several hundred men (and women too) striving to push a giant ball across a goal. I'd watch that!

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  5. Thanks for including the site showing a couple of earthball games. What fun. I know I played pushball or whatever it was being called in the 1950s, but I can't remember if it was in Jr. High, or High School. What I do remember is that is was a LOT of fun, but I think we only played it once.

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  6. Nice take on the prompt; I hadn’t realised that Earth Day went as far back as that.

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  7. I too had no idea that Earth Day started so long ago!

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