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Happy 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!  The Creative Sustainability Council at Fairmont State thanks the many organizations and individuals from all over the state who have contributed to this virtual statewide Earth Day celebration.  

Fairmont State and Marshall University Events

Schedule of live events for April 22, 2020
Times    Live Event with Link Presenter(s)
 10 am - 10:45 am

West Virginia Electric Vehicle Owners Panel - no recording available, but see Electric Vehicles page for videos by individual panelists and additional links

Robert Fernatt, Rick Walker, Erica Harvey, Cliff Jackson
11 am- noon 

Grounding Yoga and Meditation (recording of event)

Jeannie Harrison, Marshall University
1 pm - 1:45 pm

WV Earth Day Kahoot! Quiz

The link below lets assign the quiz

Barbara MacLennan, Fairmont State

1:30  pm - 2 pm Virtual Fitness - Earth Day Edition

This live link should work every weekday at 1:30 pm through May 1 if you want to try a 30 minute fitness class.

Tina Mascaro, Fairmont State

3 pm - 4 pm

Yoga and Mindfulness: Inner and Outer Environments are Not Disconnected  (recording of event)

Siegfried Bleher, Fairmont State

Read the book that started the modern environmental movement!

Rachel Carson's best-selling, Silent Spring !!!




April 22 is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!  Earth Day is Every Day at Fairmont State University


The image that made us see the world differently. NASA astronauts took this photo of Earth during the Apollo 10 mission in 1969. 

Learn more about our footprint using the Human Reach: Atlas the most detailed atlas of human activity.


WV Earth Day at 50


                               The Dominion News (Morgantown, West Virginia) · 23 Apr 1970, Thu · Page 1

Earth Day, April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first 1970 Earth day that marks the start of the modern environmental movement. The modern environmental movement didn't start somewhere around the globe, but with the work of Rachel Carson, a scientist working near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and author of Silent Spring, which drew attention to the impact we have on the environment and eventually led to the creation of the 1969 U.S. National Environmental Policy Act

1n 1970, the Beckley Post-Herald wrote that Clean Up of the Earth is the Aim of Earth Day. And every year since then the number of individuals and groups who believe that Earth Day is everyday in West Virginia have worked to make a difference. For over the past 5 decades, students, families, communities, non-profits, outdoor groups, youth groups, church groups,  environmental scientists, activists, and more have made a difference

In his 2017 "The Wild Side" column for The Wheeling Intelligencer, Dr. Scott Shalaway shared Some Earth Day Words to Live By,  stating, " Earth Day (April 22) always reminds me of some favorite conservation quotations. Here are some powerful words to live by that guide my life and thinking.

“The long fight to save wild beauty represents democracy at its best. It requires citizens to practice the hardest of virtues — self-restraint.” Edwin Way Teale

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

“In wildness is the preservation of the world.” – Henry David Thoreau

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” — Aldo Leopold

Earth Day Contests


Social Media Scavenger Hunt Contest

Download some of the nature apps posted on the WV Earth Day 2020 website ( from our Social Media Contest Apps.

1. Post at least three pictures using the hashtag #WVEarthDayChallenge2020. You must post corresponding to the days below. For example, you must post at least 3 tree pictures on April 22.

  •  April 22: Trees
  • April 23: Birds
  • April 24: Trails

You may compete in all of the days and you may post more than three pictures. The more you post, the more likely you are to win!

The winner will be picked randomly and will be direct messaged on social media. The winner will be mailed their prize.

Good luck! Don't forget to also use our other hashtags #WVEarthDay2020, #WVCitizenScience2020, and #SOARfalcons!


Will you accept the Challenge? See the Clean-Up tab for directions

Join us in this simple and fun way to connect with friends, our community, and help the environment. Watch you name climb the leader board as you participate in the Earth Day challenge and become a top contributor; friendly competition welcome! Collect 50 pieces of litter by May 1st to win this challenge. 

Will count towards Marion County's WV Make It Shine Program