Wisconsin Public School Observance Day, marking the anniversary of Earth Day and urging schools to conduct programs across subject areas to enhance students’ understanding of the environment and to promote an ethic of environmental stewardship.
Former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970 to organize a national public demonstration that would bring attention to the environment. His efforts made environmental issues an integral part of political debate. Environmental Awareness Day marks the anniversary of Earth Day. Schools are encouraged to conduct a day-long program, using all educational subjects, to enhance the students’ understanding of the environment and to promote an ethic of environmental stewardship.
Enacted May 23, 1990, from the 1989 Laws of Wisconsin, Act 146.