Earth Day 2022 Invest In Our Planet

Invest in Our Planet

In the United States and around the world Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd with environmental education programs and action programs. This year the Earth Day 2022 theme is Invest in our Planet. The message is that everyone needs to act to protect and preserve our planet together. 

In this post, we explore the history of the Earth Day movement, major campaigns, and achievements. In addition, we examine my ancestry Grandfather’s farming and conservation practices in the Tulpehocken Valley (1724-1800).  This scenic valley is located between Wormlsdorf and Reading Pennsylvania where the main highway is Route 422. 

Birth of Earth Day in The United States 

Environmental visionaries like United States Senator Gaylord Nelson, John McConnel, and many others came together to sow the seeds for the growth of a new environmental awareness and protection movement. 

In 1969, John McConnel peace activist, proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. The first Earth Day was to be observed on March 21, 1970. He sanctioned his proposal in a written proclamation which was signed by the Secretary-General U Thant of the United Nations. Later United States Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed the holding of a nationwide teach-in on April 22, 1970. Nelson hired  Denis Hayes, a young activist, to be a National Coordinator. They renamed the event Earth Day and expanded the concept to include the entire United States  An estimated 20 million supporters filled the streets for the first Earth Day.

I was very fortunate to be a participant in the first Earth Day event while attending San Diego State University Graduate Program with a special thesis study in air pollution. 

Environmental Campaigns Earth Day 1970-2022 states “the first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is recognized as the planet’s largest civic event..” From this historic Earth Day movement significant environmental laws for air, water, and endangered species were signed into law.

Earth Day 2016 Paris Climate Agreement

The landmark Paris Climate Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It was signed by the United States, China, and an additional 120 countries on 12 December 2015. The significant goal of the Treaty is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

This Agreement was fraught with numerous issues, notwithstanding the former nonscience President Trump pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement on August 4, 2017. The November 2020 Presidential election swept in a new science-minded Biden Administration. Joe Biden on his first day in office January 20, 2021, with an executive order re-admitted the United States into the Paris Agreement. 

Earth Day 50th Birthday 2020

Earth Day 2020 was the 50th anniversary which is “being referred to as the largest online mass mobilization in history.

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate change. Action on climate change was and still is the major pressing worldwide environmental issue waiting for solutions. Kathleen Rogers, President of EARTHDAY.ORG states “Progress has slowed, climate change impacts grow, and our adversaries have become better financed.” She continues ” We find ourselves today in a world facing global threats that demand a unified global response. For Earth Day 2020, we will build a new generation of environmentalist activists, engaging millions of people worldwide.”

Earth Day President Bidens Climate Agenda 2021

Major news headlines speak about President Biden’s climate agenda- At the Earth Day climate summit. Biden promises 50% reduction in US greenhouse emissions. The purpose of the virtual summit is to renew the US leadership role in climate change. This summit sets the stage to engage other world nations like China, Russia, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, and many more in the task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent. 

Bill McKibben wrote his Earth Day comment for the New Yorker, Biden’s Earth Day Climate Pledge for 2030 plan. will define His Presidency

McKibben presents a picture of the major commitments necessary like the continuity of Whitehouse and world leadership. Most important is the continual support of activist climate groups, business leaders and workers, and worldwide populations. The Whitehouse views the two-day virtual summit as a significant movement for a more productive global warming conference scheduled in Scotland for November 2021.

Earth Day 2022 Invest In Our Planet

“Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. Source: EarthDay.Org.”

Ancestry Farmers Invested In Our Planet Early

You might think what is the connection between my ancestry and Earth Day dedicated to environmental education and protection. There are numerous important environmental connections including the conservation of food, water, and land. My ancestry grandfathers that lived in Western Europe and moved to America were mostly farmers. They had an innate ability to practice the conservation of water, land, and food sources.  

Tulpehocken Creek, Pennsylvania
Tulpehocken Creek in April 2019

My 6th great grandfather( Johann Peter Feg) and the family settled near Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania in 1724 on about 190 acres of wooded land next to the Tulpehocken Creek. They along with 30-50 families took up residence in a native environment occupied only by everything wild that lived or grew in this part of the province of Pennsylvania. They shared parts of the area with the first inhabitants, the Lenape Indians. Read more details on the Johann Peter Feg family conservation of resources.

Tulpehocken Creek Watershed

Tulpehocken Creek begins in eastern Lebanon County flowing east and winding through Myerstown. It continues to Berks County passing north of Womelsdorf. The creek flows southeast to the Blue Marsh Lake reservoir and then joins the Schuykill River at Reading.

North of Reading the creek is impounded for flood control by the Army Corps of Engineers forming the Marsh Lake Reservoir. This area contains the Blue Marsh State Park. The discharge of cold water makes the creek an ideal habitat for rainbow and brown trout.

The Tulpehocken Creek received its name from a native Leni Lenape Indian tribe. Tulpehocken translates from “Tulpewikaki” which means the “Land of Turtles”. Locals and business people refer to the Tulpehocken Creek as the “Tully”.


A Proclamation on Earth Day, 2021 signed by Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America

At Earth Day climate summit, Biden promises 50% reduction in US greenhouse emissions, Deirdre Shesgreen, April 22, 2021, USA Today


Earth Day, Wikipedia

The Climate Crisis, The New Yorker newsletter on the environment by Bill Kibben

The New York Times, As Gas Prices Soar, Biden’s Climate Ambitions Sputter, by Coral Davenport, April 2, 2022

Tulpehocken Creek, Wikipedia

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Ronald L. Fake

Pennsylvania native from York County. After graduating from Wrightsville High School enlisted in U.S. Navy. While in the Navy working in the field of Aviation Electronics decided to enroll in college. Selected San Diego State University with a focus on urban geography and environmental studies. After graduation in 1968 worked with county and state governments, and private industry on the environmental impacts of transportation projects. After retirement started my ancestry research and today I am writing that history as a blog at