Earth Day Gifts / February 25, 2019 / Cindy Navarro
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.
The entire reason that Earth Day has been set aside as a holiday is to celebrate the wonderful provisions of this planet and to remind ourselves that we shouldn t abuse it in our daily lives. By promoting green tasks and objects we are conserving energy and helping to save and restore the earth. Therefore participating in green holiday crafts can really show our dedication to helping keep the earth beautiful and productive for hundreds of thousands of years to come. Using recycled goods to create a piece of art is a great way to partake of the Earth Day theme especially for school children.
People in India have recognized motherhood and the power of motherhood in many religious forms including the form of traditional Hindu Goddesses. Especially in eastern and central parts of the country the worship of Durga or Kali or other forms of the Mother like Basanti or Jagaddhatri form principal social and religious occasions. Hindu festivals related to Mother worship are of a much greater magnitude than the worship of any male deity except the major deities like Shiva or Vishnu or major avatars of the Hindu pantheon like Rama or Krishna. It is interesting to note that among the Parvi community of Konkan and Mumbai regions of Western India there is an indigenous time-honored culture of celebrating Mother s Day in August.