Category Archives: Environmental Movement

Artwork highlights a People’s History in Grand Rapids – Print #15: Honoring the First Earth Day Action in Grand Rapids

Last semester, art students in Brett Colley’s GVSU class on printmaking, invited me to come talk about the Grand Rapids People’s History Project. The intent of the class was to have students investigate their own part of a People’s History … Continue reading

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Student Protests and an Unruly Audience: Earth Day 1970 in Grand Rapids

Earth Day activities were planned across the country on April 22, 1970. Grand Rapids was also included in those communities that celebrated Earth Day. Based on articles from the Grand Rapids Press, there were three separate activities that received attention … Continue reading

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The Grand River: Flooding, Forests and Factories

Last week we posted our first piece looking at environmental issues in Grand Rapids history, beginning with a piece from 1993 on the Grand River.  Today, we continue to look at the Grand River and some key historical moments that … Continue reading

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The Environmental Movement in Grand Rapids: The Grand Rapids Watershed (1993)

This is our first piece on the environmental movement in Grand Rapids. In future articles we will look at what has contributed to ecological destruction since the founding of Grand Rapids, what environmental organizations have existed and what role the … Continue reading

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