"Earth Day 1970 gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet —
In the decades leading up to the first Earth Day, Americans were consuming vast amounts of leaded gas through massive and inefficient automobiles. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of the consequences from either the law or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Until this point, mainstream America remained largely oblivious to environmental concerns and how a polluted environment threatens human health.
However, the stage was set for change with the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962. The book represented a watershed moment, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries as it raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and the inextricable links between pollution and public health.
50 years later, we are still trying to find solutions for the health of our planet. This Wednesday, April 22, 2020 take time celebrate Earth Day. If you have an opportunity:
- Look in your backyard and see what habitats you have for local wildlife.
- As you go for a walk is there an opportunity to clean your local street, river, or walking path?
- Remind everyone on social media of our shared spaces and the importance of keeping them clean. In these times of crisis it is more important than ever.
- Are there opportunities to do a better job recycling?
- Have you considered composting? Even a small countertop compost container can make an important impact.
At Unity children will join our Sustainability Coordinator, Jen in making paper pots and planting seeds for the garden. Growing your own produce is not only good for you, but it teaches our children where their food comes from and how to provide food for themselves. Students will also be making stick frames. The frames can hold artwork they create during virtual schooling, or they can be made into weaving frames. We have one Earth let’s work together to make it the best place it can be for all living things.