In the late 1960’s there was a desire to bring change and awareness to the mainstream regarding the challenges facing our environment. In 1970, two men would rise to the forefront of the movement; two men from different worlds, with different agendas, but the same goal – create a day to promote conservation of the Earth’s beauty and resources.
John McConnell, journalist and activist, sought to promote conservation efforts, social justice and global peace – and he felt that the Spring Equinox would be the perfect day to represent his goals. Therefore, in San Francisco on March 21, 1970, the first Earth Day was instituted. U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson looked to gain popular support for legislation and government action; his nationwide “Teach-In” events on April 22 were wildly siccessful and actually did result in the establishment of the EPA, as well as the passage of key “Clean Air, Vclean Water” legislation.
Each year there are thousands of events that are celebrated nationwide that honor the goals and intents of the two founders. Those of us living in New York are offered incredible opportunities to take part in local Earth Day festivities; for instance, the Earth Day 5K Walk and Green Tour, which will take you throughout the city and showcase eco-friendly buildings, rooftop gardens, and other green locations in NYC.
Observing Earth Day can be a lot more simple, however. At Blossom Flower Shops, we like to think we love and respect the role that plants and flowers play in our lives each day. Spreading the beauty to those in our community is our work, our passion, and a special way to showcase the importance of protecting our Earth and its resources. Remember, our planet is working 24/7 for our benefit; this Earth Day, let’s return the favor and keep her running healthy and strong for generations to come.