Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and to commemorate the occasion, Sustainable Campus and Florida State University Libraries have partnered on an online, virtual exhibit.


Organizers took a local perspective with the curated collection by highlighting the history of Earth Day at FSU and the greater Tallahassee area and celebrating alumni who have made significant, positive impacts on the environment.


Titled ‘Earth Day 50: Environmental Activism at FSU and Beyond’ the exhibit sets at timely tone using throwback fonts and color schemes reminiscent of the 70s. Items featured include the work of students, alumni, and researchers at FSU as well as artists, journalists, government officials and educators in Florida.


Visitors can take deep dives into FSU’s Earth Day history, complete with photos, newspaper clippings and a host of archival materials. The collection includes handwritten correspondence from former Governor Claude Kirk and his environmental advisor Nathaniel Reed who together were instrumental in helping preserve Big Cypress Swamp, at the time the last known wild home of the Florida panther.


The exhibit is part of Sustainable Campus’ ongoing mission to forge partnerships and host events that bring awareness to environmental problems and inspire action to work toward solutions.


The collection was originally intended as a physical exhibit to be installed in Strozier Library in early April but the coronavirus shutdown necessitated the shift to online. Plans are still in the works for a physical exhibit once distancing measures allow, organizers said.


“Thanks to the flexibility and dedication of the Libraries team, the Earth Day 50 exhibit will be available online for all. Although the physical exhibit is postponed, the digital platform allows the story of Earth Day and environmental activism at FSU to continue to be shared.”


To view the digital exhibit, visit fsuearthday50.omeka.net