It’s Our Turn to Lead

April 22 marks Earth Day’s 45th anniversary with the theme of “It’s our turn to lead.”  Did you know that the original symbol of Earth Day was created by artist and cartoonist Ron Cobb in 1969?  According to legend, it was created as a combination of the letters e and o, from the words environment and organism.  (If you’re curious for a visual, check out Ed’s overalls when you ride the elevator.)

There are plenty of ways to observe Earth Day – volunteer, plant trees, organize a community garden, or simply change a habit.  One other suggestion – drink your coffee, tea, or other beverage from a NYLS reusable mug.  You’ll help to reduce the volume of plastic, Styrofoam, and paper cups piling up in landfills or requiring energy for recycling.  At the same time, you’ll be complying with the Library’s food and drink policy and earning our thanks!  If you don’t have a spill-proof mug, pick one up at the Circulation Desk for $5.00. For every one purchased through the end of this semester’s exam period librarians will contribute $1.00 to Earth Day Network (, which works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement.