Conservation and preservation of the Earth’s resources is so important, we have two days to celebrate it!
The observance of Earth Day here in America is on April 22; it began as a grassroots environmental education initiative called Environmental Teach-In, which took place in 1970. Gaylord Nelson, an environmental activist and U.S. Senator, was the man behind the event, which was a huge success. As a matter of fact, it resonated so deeply that similar events began springing up on college campuses and in communities across America. The yearly celebration was noticed by the Federal government, and inspired new legislation, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act. The EPA was formed out of the same groundswell within three years, and as years have passed “think globally and act locally” has united people around the country.
International Earth Day takes place annually on the Spring Equinox, in 2016 that falls on March 21. This day also began in 1970, and was the brainchild of John McConnell, a newspaper publisher and the community activist. He first advanced his idea in 1969, at a UNESCO Conference on the Environment. McConnell passionately encouraged global citizens to be accountable to the planet and the environment; by being good stewards of her resources. The Spring equinox, otherwise called the vernal equinox, or more commonly, the first day of spring represents newness and renewal. It also has a unique characteristic – night and day are the same length on this day around the world. In the spirit of equilibrium, McConnell saw an opportunity for people in all countries to unite in their efforts to help protect the Earth. In 1971, the United Nations signed a proclamation declaring the March date the official international observance of Earth Day.
If you choose to participate on March 21 or April 22 – or both – another great way to celebrate the beauty and resource of the Earth is to fill your home with spring plants that bring the outdoors in. Plants purify the air, bring peaceful ambiance and even increase productivity! So browse the selection of flowering spring plants on Mission Viejo’s Florist’s website, or stop in to speak with one of our designers. This Earth Day, adopt a plant!