Thursday, April 24, 2008

Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

Earth Day is a time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress. Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions. Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet.

Earth Day is a driving force steering environmental awareness around the world. Through Earth Day activists connect, interact, and have an impact on their communities, and create positive change in local, national, and global policies. Earth Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a half billion people participate in Earth Day campaigns every year.

How the First Earth Day Came About
By Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day

What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start?
These are the questions I am most frequently asked.

Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political "limelight" once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day.

I continued to speak on environmental issues to a variety of audiences in some twenty-five states. All across the country, evidence of environmental degradation was appearing everywhere, and everyone noticed except the political establishment. The environmental issue simply was not to be found on the nation's political agenda. The people were concerned, but the politicians were not.

After President Kennedy's tour, I still hoped for some idea that would thrust the environment into the political mainstream. Six years would pass before the idea that became Earth Day occurred to me while on a conservation speaking tour out West in the summer of 1969. At the time, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called "teach-ins," had spread to college campuses all across the nation. Suddenly, the idea occurred to me - why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment?

I was satisfied that if we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force this issue onto the political agenda. It was a big gamble, but worth a try.

At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air - and they did so with spectacular exuberance. For the next four months, two members of my Senate staff, Linda Billings and John Heritage, managed Earth Day affairs out of my Senate office.

Five months before Earth Day, on Sunday, November 30, 1969, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the astonishing proliferation of environmental events:

"Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation's campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam...a national day of observance of environmental being planned for next spring...when a nationwide environmental 'teach-in'...coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned...."

It was obvious that we were headed for a spectacular success on Earth Day.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Little change in working hours

On Friday, April 11th, American Corner will be open for public from 4PM to 7PM.
Thank you for your understanding.
Conversation Hour with Pat will begin at 5PM as scheduled.
Don't forget to sign up for the class.

Upcoming Exhibition of Melissa Enderle's works

On Friday, April 18 Melisa Enderle will be having an exhibition.
Subject: People and places of Serbia, Tunisia, and Mali
Media: Watercolor, Oil Pastel, Pastel, Color Pencil, Oil

Location: Residence of Emmanuelle Le Ruen
Address: Bulevar Mira 65

This will be an opportunity (perhaps the last) for people to see her
artwork before she leaves the country.

Preview of artwork:

Monday, April 7, 2008


As presentation of just a part of the Serbian filmography, three films directed by Goran Marković were presented in American corner, Belgrade. Mr Marković gave short introduction to each movie, talking about making of it and his experience when visiting U.S.A.

The first film screening was on March 20th presenting „Tito and I“. It tells about Zoran, a ten-year old boy which, as all children in Yugoslavia in the 1950s, can hardly imagine any part of his life without nation’s great leader-marshal Tito. The thing that separates Zoran from other children is the fact that he truly loves the dictator…

As second film audience had chance to see was „Cordon“ on March 25th. Theme of this movie was protesting against Slobodan Milošević’s regime in winter 1996. People on the streets of Belgrade are opposing against police cordon which symbolyzes the uncompromised dictator...

Last film was shown on April 3rd – „Serbia - Year zero“. This film is an essay about life of the author Goran Marković in time of dictatorship of Slobodan Milošević. Autobiographic details, archive materials and video clips from his films overlap in this dramatic testimony about the fate of independent intellectuals in time of torture...

All three film projections were well attended with more than 60 visitors each time. Screenings were followed by cocktails and talk with director himself. Through asking Goran Marković questions and giving their point of view, attendants made this occasion very significant. Members found especially interesting that the movies they saw, were not only presented in world film festivals in Montreal, Venice, San Sebastian, but also won those awards. These events were of great importance not only to members of American corner, but also to U.S. citizens who had a good opportunity to get to know Serbian filmography.

Friday, April 4, 2008

English Conversation for Women

Cathy Nemmert is back and I think that you all know what that means.

English Conversation for Women is back on our schedule.
Girls get ready to have fun cause we're starting on April 23 at 4PM.
Stay tuned to find out the topics.