Earth Day Gifts / February 23, 2019 / Laurel Hawkins
A new mom would greatly appreciate a night out just to get out of the house and a little free time to herself. Mother earth mom is conscious of what kinds of foods and products she wants her family to consume and be exposed to. All natural products and foods are the name of the game and the health and longevity of her family unit is key. Ideal gifts for this mom would be a gardening basket to plant her own pesticide free produce an organic grocery market gift card or organic health and beauty products. Runway model mom loves to shop and wears the latest fashions and accessories. You will never catch her out in public with a hair out of place.
Mainstream Americans talked about recycling and conservation. In the 1980 s many people recycled within their neighborhood recycling programs. People s awareness of their ecological responsibility became part of their lives and actions. Children learned the importance of taking care of their environment; they were taught to care for the earth and its animals. The iconic Smokey Bear (originated in the mid 1940 s) featured poster slogans like "If not you who?" and "Only you can prevent forest fires. We can t." Americans seemed to step-up to their roles as Earth trustees. In the 1990 s recycling programs reduced overall waste by twenty percent. With people and government taking responsibility companies followed suit.
In 1962 marine biologist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring. The book talked about the commonly used toxic pesticides used in agriculture and daily life. The title referred to the consequences of the devastating pesticides: a world without birds. Surprisingly Silent Spring became a hit. Americans cared and they wanted the facts. In 1968 the world saw the entire Earth for the first time. Apollo astronauts photographed the planet on their flight home from the moon. The Earth looked beautiful with its swirls of blues and whites. The photo provided a startling awareness: people saw Earth as vulnerable and needing human care.