Earth Day Gifts / February 25, 2019 / Blanche Durham
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.
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.
Wanting the U.S. government to take an active role in environmental concerns Nelson presented the idea for a national conservationist tour to President Kennedy who supported the idea. While President Kennedy s tour did not turn environmental issues into mainstream conversations it was a beginning in changing America s role in environmental issues. Nelson was inspired by college campuses widespread Vietnam protests or teach-ins. He thought a nationwide conservationist teach-in would get more Americans involved in environmental issues. Nelson presented his Earth Day idea to other government officials and news organizations.