Earth Day Gifts / February 26, 2019 / Mara Beasley
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.
There are so many kinds of organic snacks that are available in the market that you can include in your Earth Day themed gift tins. Is your life chaotic cluttered or unpredictable? Earth Day on April 22nd is the perfect mile marker for getting organized. Among the five Chinese Elements - also known as five phases or dynamics - earth is the most grounding and stabilizing. The feng shui bagua our symbolic map of life issues devotes three sectors or trigrams to the earth element. In this triad within the nine sectors of the bagua one pertains to wisdom and knowledge another to relationships and the matriarch of the family and the third and most relevant is the center section for health. On earth day we are concerned with the health of our planet. Getting squared away means to take care and get things in order.