Diversity, national parks and Earth Day 2009

 In Conservation, Environment

Founded in 1970 and celebrated every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the day when millions all over the world call attention to the need for environmental stewardship and justice. Many celebrations were held last Saturday and others will continue through this weekend.

The National Parks movement has also inspired a legacy of community engagement and environmental stewardship. In the Bay Area, on Earth Day, advocates will officially launch the “Parks for All” campaign in conjunction with the forthcoming release of award winning filmmaker Ken Burns’ new documentary series – The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. KQED Public Radio’s Michael Krasny interviewed Burns and a panel of national park experts on April 21 to discuss the roles and significance of diverse populations in our national parks, highlighting untold and forgotten stories.

The first episode of Burns’ six-part series airs September 27, 2009 on PBS.
A sneak preview of the documentary, followed by an on-stage conversation between Michael Krasny, Burns and writer/producer Dayton Duncan will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco this evening on April 22, 2009, but as of now, the event is sold out.

You can watch a preview of the film on the official companion Web site for the series, which launched today:

You can also follow The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (PBS) on Facebook.

On Earth Day 2009, the war-torn country of Afghanistan also has something to celebrate: the establishment of its first national park. Band-e-Amir, a park located in central Afghanistan, has been called “Afghanistan’s Grand Canyon.

Read the story in the New Scientist blog: Afghanistan’s tribute to Earth Day 2009.

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