Earth Day Gifts / February 23, 2019 / Hester Higgins
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.
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.
Both events were birthed in 1969 with grassroots efforts a focus on environmental awareness and celebration of Earth. Events to Leading to Earth Day Prior to 1970 conservatism was an idea held by a minority of people. The notion that natural resources would become devastated to the point of extinction did not enter our collective thought. Pollution from our buildings cars and behavior was a normal industry by-product. The idea of being the world s steward was lumped in a mindset of a hippie thing and not understood by mainstream America. Two previous events tilted our environmental awareness: a book and a picture.