Earth Day Gifts / February 25, 2019 / Kelly Roberson
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.
However after the formation of post-partition India this custom though still very strong in Nepal is existent only among the Nepali and Gorkha communities in India. The reason of this being that Mata Kunda itself now falls in a separate country Nepal. This festival is born around a legend of Krishna and his mother Devaki. Motherhood is universally recognized and revered in India in both religion and mysticism. Little surprise then that the international or rather U.S. culture of celebrating Mother s Day on the 2nd Sunday of May has found ready acceptance in India.
The proclamation also stated that participants would celebrate an international Earth Day to create a single community and embrace Earth s gifts. The proclamation was endorsed by well-known people and leaders around the world: astronaut Buzz Aldrin anthropologist Margaret Mead inventor-scientist Buckminister Fuller Japanese environmental scientist Y. Fukushima American senators U.N. President S.O. Adebo and UN Secretary-General Thant. In April of 1970 the world celebrated another Earth Day event. The April 22nd event also began as a way to spread awareness of environmental issues. American Senator and conservationist Gaylord Nelson had actively toured the U.S. in the mid 1960 s with an environmental awareness agenda.