Earth Calendar April 8th and April 9th

Apr 8, 2013

It's been nearly 50 years since the Wilderness Act was passed.

In that time, the legislation has helped protect almost 110 million acres, timeless land that will be around for generations to enjoy.  But in that same time period, our idea of wilderness has been starkly challenged.  In this era of climate change and over development, it is challenging to conceive of a natural world free of human influence-a pristine wilderness where our spirits can awaken to authentic, untouched nature.  Many in Generations Y, Z and beyond may never experience pristine wilderness firsthand, instead experiencing only what humans have created.  The Sierra Club poses the question: What does wilderness mean to the millennial generation?  Does the idea of wilderness have any relevance for 21st-century environmentalists?  Is there still a case to be made for wilderness?  If so, how can we make that case?  The Sierra Club invites essays on the idea of wilderness from writers under 30 years old.  The winning essay will be published in the Sierra Club's online magazine and potentially in an edited volume produced by the contest organizers. Deadline to submit an essay is June 1st.  Information on contest rules can be found at the website.

On Our Calendar:

Earth Day by helping restore forest and preserve wildlife habitat at Miami Whitewater Forest, April 20th from 9:00 am to noon to help plant 10,000 trees. For more information or to volunteer, please visit the website.