Earth Day: Discovery & Exploration

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources,
photo of the earth from space

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, launched the modern environmental movement and spurred the passage of several important environmental laws. People took part in marches, teach-ins, rallies, and speeches across the country. Congress adjourned so that politicians could attend hometown events, and cars were banned from New York City's Fifth Avenue. Following Earth Day, conservation organizations saw their memberships double and triple. Within months the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created; Congress also revised the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other environmental laws.

Smog fills Spring Street

Smog fills Spring St. in 1986, Herald-Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

Currently, one of the goals of Earth Day is to raise awareness and knowledge about our environment. For example, understanding how our climate is changing can help us better understand how we as communities and individuals can support a healthy habitable atmosphere.

Climate change is happening, but at what rate, and why? Those are some common questions often posed on this controversial topic. Luckily, Science In Context is just the research tool for exploring these questions. With Science in Context, you have access to a one-stop-shop digital resource that provides you with a plethora of full-text articles on all science subjects drawn from hundreds of national and global newspapers, magazines, and journals. By integrating authoritative content with headlines and videos, this tool draws you into the subject matter, showing you how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues like Earth Day.

Sometimes science is something that is best learned via imagery, which is something that Science in Context provides as well. And, images within Science in Context have hot spots that when scrolled over, show additional content and details associated with that image, something that is exclusive to this research tool. With more than 200 experiments and projects, users can learn about everything from endangered species and natural disasters to climate change and global warming. Plus, no worries about the legitimacy of the information as Science in Context is aligned to National and State Science standards, including Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Project 2061.

Get the answers to your questions about Earth Day, the environment, and the wider world of science and give Science in Context a try. This e-resource is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on any device. Try this digital resource for yourself or for more information, contact your local library.