I was just a youngster, in middle school in 1970, but I remember the first Earth Day especially since I am a Wisconsinite! Gaylord Nelson had much to do with that historic day and was Governor of Wisconsin at that time. I wrote about those humble origins and beginnings here, I hope you enjoy it.
Earth Day has evolved to a more environmental awareness day. An awakening to all the children of the earth to help take care and restore her.
Do you do anything special to celebrate our common home?
If you can not go out to purchase a new tree or plant for your own area, how about looking for seedlings in your own yard? I often have trees that have reseeded themselves and are big enough to transplant. The same with many of my perennials. If I can not use them I share with a friend or neighbor who can. Another easy trick is to thin out your garden area and transplant or share those little babies. I especially love to do that with my family heirloom plants (those that have been gathered from other generations yards and passed on to share in a new family members yard).
If you do not feel like digging and planting how about just taking a nice (family) walk with small trash bags (or recycle used plastic store bags) and pick up trash and garbage along your way. Even little ones can help if it is not a busy area and makes it a teaching experience as well. If you can only walk a short distance than clean up around and especially in front along the road way (be careful of cars, have a look-out with you) and tidy up your entrance to your earthly kingdom. Your neighbors and your home will thank you!
What ever you do, I hope you make it an enjoyable (family) time. Celebrate our Mother Earth. If you can not do it today you can read more here on the origins and beginnings and things you can do and learn more about the place we call home.
Happy Earth Day,
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