Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day everyone! I hope all of you took part in improving our environment in some way. Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in New York City. Denis Hayes, environmental activist, coordinated the first Earth Day event on April 22, 1970. Republican Mayor John Lindsay assisted Mr. Hayes into organizing the most successful premier for an Earth Day demonstration. Twenty million people came out to support this momentous event. He felt that this event had a big turn out due to a deep hungering to come together to improve the environment. "In 1969, nobody would have been able to give a coherent definition of the environment." At that time, breathing the New York air was equivalent to smoking two or two-and-a-half cigarettes a day. Forty years later, Earth Day in New York City remains to be a prevalent way to advocate the importance of protecting our planet.
As a local titleholder in the Miss America Organization, I noticed that the organization was also taking part in the celebration. Miss America has taken the initiative to promote the "green" movement through its Go Green platform, Keep America Beautiful. Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010, traveled to New York City to help launch the Keep America Beautiful's Green Starts Here Rally. Since I had the day off from work I decided to take the S.I. Ferry to Manhattan to take part in the festivities by supporting the Miss America Organization's going green movement. Earth Day New York hosted a public celebration in Time Square featuring environmental activists, business leaders, government officials, and entertainers. I had the chance to chat with Caressa Cameron about her Year of Service. She has such an outgoing personality. It was a pleasure talking with her. The event also highlighted the Great American Cleanup effort, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plaNYC (focusing on the efforts to improve the five key dimensions of the city's environment- land, water, air, energy, and transportation), and the Keep New York City Beautiful Organization.
Times Square

Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010

Caressa Cameron singing "America the Beautiful"

Matt McKenna, CEO/President of Keep America Beautiful

Gail Cunninghamm, Senior Vice President of Keep America Beautiful

Mandy Gonzalez, starring as Elphaba from Wicked

Broadway Cast of HAIR