Earth Day might be the biggest environmentally focused holiday on the calendar. But did you know there was once another? And we do mean once.
In 1978 President Jimmy Carter was a man ahead of the times. Always an advocate for the environment, he was especially concerned with the development of renewable energy sources. With that in mind, he joined forces with Denis Hayes, the coordinator of the first Earth Day, to create a day dedicated to promoting solar power as the future of sustainable power. Thus, Sun Day was born.
Officially designated as May 3 by proclamation 4558 by President Carter, Sun Day was enacted, as the proclamation said, to “inform the general public, industry, and labor about solar technologies and demonstrate the sun’s potential in meeting America’s energy needs.”
Carter encouraged the day to be observed with activities and ceremonies to demonstrate to power and potential of solar energy. On May 3, 1978 President Carter visited a solar research center in Denver, while others met in Maine at the spot where the sun first hit the United States. At the UN Robert Redford spoke to a crowd, while others met at the Lincoln Memorial. In total, 22 countries joined in the celebration.
And that was the end of Sun Day. It has not been formally recognized ever since.
With the increasing focus on climate issues and our need for alternative energy sources and new ways to promote environmental awareness, we think now is the perfect time to resurrect this long-lost celebration. So read an article about solar power, discuss it with a friend, look into adding solar panels to your home, or get outside and enjoy a little solar power yourself. However you spend your Sun Day, make living a more sustainable life an every day occurrence. And start planning your bigger celebration for next May 3rd, Sun Day 2016!
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