Embracing the Day

With the exception of last year, Earth Day has been our signal to get outside and plant our garden. I’m not sure if it was the unusual warm weather or a deep desire to do something normal like gardening in the midst of insanity, but in 2020 we planted our garden a full month ahead of schedule.

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Earth Day is coming so Let’s Pack a Picnic!

Did you know that next Sunday, April 22nd is International Earth Day? Ever wondered how a day to celebrate the Earth ever got started? This observance arose from the interest of two men to gather national support in America for environmental issues. In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. He called for a grassroots demonstration and selected March 21, 1970 (the spring equinox). Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson sanctified the event in a proclamation that was signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later, a separate Earth Day was founded by Senator Nelson as an environmental teach-in.

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