March 23 — Sitka National Historical Park Created (1910)

Sitka, Alaska, lies in the resource-rich archipelago of islands that make up the tail of the state alongside the north Pacific coast.  The history of Alaska and that of Sitka intertwine in a complex story of cultures and natural resources.  To commemorate that history, Sitka National Historical Park was created. Sitka sits on the shore […]

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March 22 — World Water Day

Every year on March 22, the world celebrates the importance of freshwater through World Water Day.  The UN declared this World Water Day in 1992, following the recommendation of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro earlier that year.  2018 is the 25th anniversary of World Water Day. As […]

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March 21 — International Day of Forests

The United Nations has declared March 21 as the annual International Day of Forests.  The day has been celebrated since 2013.  An accompanying celebration called World Wood Day (not associated with the UN) occurs on the same day. Forests, of course, are part of a sustainable earth.  About one-third of the earth’s land area is […]

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March 20 — “Our Common Future” Published (1987)

The book, Our Common Future, is not one that most people would recognize.  But most people would recognize one 30-word sentence from the book, a sentence that has re-directed the world’s pathway to a sustainable future. The book is the final report from the World Commission on Environment and Development, which ran from 1983 to […]

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March 19 — When the Swallows Return to Capistrano

The event is locked into modern culture.  “When the swallows come back to Capistrano” go the lyrics of a song written in the 1930s that became a popular hit of the time, recorded by the hit group The Ink Spots in 1940.  The annual return of the swallows is used as metaphor for a reliable, […]

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March 18 — Nation’s First Wildlife Refuge Created (1870)

The entry for just a few days ago—March 14—marks the date that the first National Wildlife Refuge was created, in 1903.  But 33 years earlier, on March 18, 1870, the nation’s first wildlife refuge was created.  What’s the difference?  This one was enacted by the State of California, not by the federal government. The first […]

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March 17 — St. Patrick and Ireland’s Snakes

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, time to drink green beer and revive the story that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland.  While green beer is real, that story about snakes isn’t. St. Patrick is the principal patron saint of Ireland.  Living in the late 1400s, he is considered the founder of Christianity in […]

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March 16 — Amoco Cadiz Runs Aground (1978)

On March16, 1978, an oil tanker—the Amoco Cadiz—broke apart in heavy seas just offshore of Brittany, France.  The event captured the world’s attention and quickly became, and remains, one of the most famous oil spills in modern history. The Amoco Cadiz was a new ship, only three years old.  It was large, measuring over one […]

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March 14 — First National Wildlife Refuge Created (1903)

On March 14, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt created the nation’s first federal wildlife refuge by signing an executive order designating the Pelican Island, Flordia, Bird Preservation Area.  During his presidency, Roosevelt created more than 50 such reserves, the forerunners of the National Wildlife Refuge System that today includes more than 550 protected areas covering 150 […]

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