The Earth Day phenomenon officially originated in 1970; but may actually have truly begun 8 years earlier, when author Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring. The book revealed the state of affairs regarding pollution, the environment and global health; and her effort may well have planted the seeds for the initiatives a few years later.
There are actually two Earth Days celebrated – the first, observed on the vernal equinox (first day of Spring) each year is considered International Earth Day, thanks to its backing by the United Nations. It is recognized in 184 countries, but began humbly when John McConnell, a well known activist, proposed the idea March 21, 1970, at a national conference in San Francisco. In June of the same year, an International Earth Day Proclamation was adopted by the United Nations; and 36 world leaders signed the declaration.
The Earth Day most often celebrated here in the United States originated in the same year, but on Aprill 22. That was the date of the “National Teach-In”, a nationwide environmental educational campaign that took place on campuses across the nation. The man behind the effort was Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator who had been alarmed at the devastation he witnessed a year earlier after a major oil spill. With the help of a Congressman and a Harvard professor, the campaign capitalized the fervor of university students to spread the word; and it so sparked the consciousness of the nation that it led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.
Plants comprise a critical ecosystem which is essential for the healthy existence of all life on Earth. We literally cannot live without plants an the air purification and replenishment they provide. This Earth Day – whether you celebrate on March 21 or April 22 – add a few new plants to your home or office, or send some to your friends. At Gordon Boswell in Fort Worth, we have a large selection of plants and flowers that will not only make your air easier to breathe, but will beautify your surroundings.