1970 was a big year for the planet – that was the year that Earth Day was established, largely in response to a groundswell of awareness regarding the effects of war and pollution on the environment. Gaylod Nelson, and U.S. Senator, originated April 22nd as the day most activists and environmentalists still consider “ the official” Earth Day, but many people don’t realize there is actually a second Earth Day on our calendar. The Spring Equinox, which falls on March 20th in 2016, is the day which conservationist John McConnell chose for a holiday that would celebrate peace and encourage care for the planet. Although McConnell’s Equinox Earth Day was adopted by the United Nations, it is Nelson’s version which gained popular acceptance. Both days have a common goal, to establish awareness for improving the environment and taking steps to care for the Earth.
Earth Day celebrations take place across the country; and include parades, contests, fairs and festivals and educational programs. Earth Day’s close proximity to Arbor Day makes the planting of new trees a very popular Earth Week activity; with thousands of trees pledged to be planted each year.
Enjoying the environment every day can be as easy as letting the outside in. Fill your home or work place with plants and flowers, and enjoy the many benefits that plants provide . Greenery is proven to enhance your mood and improve the atmosphere ; they provide cleaner air, remove toxins, promote a feeling of serenity and are even linked to people experiencing fewer illnesses.
Celebrate Earth Day by surrounding yourself with beautiful Spring blooms or flowering green plants. At Zeidler’s Flowers we have a wide variety of plants that will deliver all the beauty of nature directly to you.