Do you know what big event is right around the corner? I will give you a hint – it is on April 22nd. That makes it Earth Day!
This year brings the 44st Earth Day celebration since this special day was first named in 1970 by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis. He stated that we needed a day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. Remember 1960s and ’70s? Those were the days of peace, love, flower power and Earth children. I think they may have been onto something because here we are nearly 50 years later still celebrating Earth Day.
Since then cities, counties and states around the world celebrate Earth Day. Each year, the Earth Day Network calls for students, communities and individuals throughout the world to get involved. According to the network’s website, every year more than 1 billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. The global theme for 2014 is Green Cities.
“With smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and forge a sustainable future,” the group posts at earthday.org. “Nothing is more powerful than the collective action of a billion people.”
If you have been reducing, re-using and recycling all year, then you deserve a celebration. So does the Earth.
This year the network has a new idea: “… every holiday has its own food tradition except for Earth Day, until now.”
Why not start your own Earth Day “by planning a dinner using as many local, seasonal, and organic ingredients as possible – supporting local and organic farmers is a great way to celebrate Earth Day,” suggests ecowatch.com. “Then, get to know the story behind your food. Where did it come from? Who were the farmers? What is the history of each dish’s recipe, or the food itself? Finally, have some meaningful conversation about food, sustainable farming, and your connection to the food, the earth and each other.”
Earth Day websites:
• Earth Day Network, www.earthday.org.
• Care2 Earth Day, with Earth Day events and history, www.care2.com/channels/ecoinfo/earth
It seems that all important topics, family matters, leisure times and celebrations occur around food gatherings. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by enjoying the harvest and fruits of the Earth! Gather family and friends for this celebration and be sure to put on the agenda things you and your family can do to help save the Earth – one day at a time!
Lynn Youngblood is the executive director of the Blue River Watershed Association in Kansas City, a residential energy client service coordinator certified by the National Energy Retrofit Institute, and a past nature center manager with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Reach her at TheGreenSpace@sbcglobal.net.