Do you need a reason to plant a tree tomorrow? The 43rd anniversary of EARTH DAY is April 22nd,2013. Across the country and planet, people are now celebrating their awareness for Mother Earth in dozens of ways, from recycling to planting trees. Do you know the history of Earth Day?....

April 21st 2013 Blog

Becky Emerson Carlberg

Earth Day 2013 comes April 22nd.  Are you ready?  It is the 43rd anniversary and the focus is on climate change.

Actually, every day should be Earth Day.  After all, if it weren’t for Mother Earth, we would have no water to drink, air to breathe, food to eat or places to stay.  When I say we, I mean all living creatures.  Example:  When evaluating your yard or acreage to be considered for a Wildscape or Wildgarden, the very same four criteria are used to determine if your land is able to support wildlife.

Humans have not been kind to the Earth.  Thankfully, more and more are waking up to realize they have great control over the Earth and how it should be treated.  The Earth is the most beautiful planet from afar, and has so many resources and breath-taking scenery even the most fervent imagination could not dream them up. 

Tomorrow is Earth Day.  It is a time to perform acts of kindness for the earth.  Collect trash along the roads, plant flowers, trees and gardens, or separate and take your recyclables to the two recycle centers in Shawnee.  Do you know where they are?

One recycling center is in the parking lot of Homeland store, located at 600 W Independence.  The second is at Central Disposal at 700 E. 45th, just west of Harrison.  Plastic, metals, newspaper, cardboard and glass can be recycled at these 2 locations.

Earth Day was first organized in 1970, but American Anthropologist Margaret Mead supported having Earth Day on the March Equinox, or first day of spring.  John McConnell (1915-2012), known peace activist and creator and founder of Earth Day, also preferred Earth Day to be observed on the Equinox.  Many countries today ring bells on the Equinox in honor of the earth. In the USA, Earth Day is held on the 22nd of April.  Former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson (1916-2005) is also credited with founding Earth Day.  He was responsible for putting the day on the 22nd of April, a time between spring break and college exams.  Nelson was a champion for “Environmental Teach-Ins”, and attracted people from all walks of life to participate.   Thus began the growth of the modern day environmental movement. Whoever passionate person or day you choose, the intention behind it is clear, TAKE CARE OF THE PLANET.  Many cities extend their slate of events over a week or month.  It is a time to encourage children and adults to participate and have fun, while promoting earth awareness. 

John McConnell designed the Earth Flag, a “flag for all people.”  It is a two-sided image of Earth as seen from space on a dark blue field.  Naturally the flag is made from recyclable, weather-resistant polyester.

Tomorrow, and every day henceforth, treat the earth with the greatest of respect.  She will thank you, and so will all of her other dependents

Check out this interactive website from the Earth Day Network:  http://www.earthday.org/

To see a stunning picture of the Earth Flag:  http://earthflag.net/