Well, another Earth Day is upon us, and with the whole “green” movement becoming more and more prevalent, this day gets more attention every year. Earth Day unofficially began in September 1969 at a conference in Seattle when U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson announced that there would be a nationwide, environmental demonstration in the spring of 1970. (It began during a time when there was much concern about overpopulation). The first official Earth Day was April 22, 1970. (For more Earth Day history, click here.)
Just click on the Google graphic today and you’ll see there’s a lot going on. For some Earth Day crafts and games, click here. To watch the trailer for Disney’s new movie, Earth, click here. It opens in theaters today, and is narrated by James Earl Jones (of course it is). If you buy a ticket for opening week, Disney will plant a tree in your honor. I did want to see it, but anything with animals always makes me cry, so I might just wait for the DVD so I can blubber in private.
And something cool and Earth Day-related that crossed my desk was a brochure for something called “Design for a Living World.” It’s an exhibition organized by The Nature Conservancy, and will be featured at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in NYC. “Ten leading designers have been commissioned to develop new uses for sustainable grown and harvested materials in order to tell a unique story about the life-cycle of materials and the power of conservation and design.” It begins May 14, 2009 and runs until January 4, 2010. For more info, and to learn more about the museum, click here.
Let’s face it: As humans, we have a massive impact here on Earth. Our actions have an effect on our environment. It’s that simple. But with small steps, we can leave less of a footprint behind. Recycle. Carpool. Use cloth shopping bags. Buy those cool swirly light bulbs. And just be aware. Cause really, we’re just guests here. You wouldn’t leave your grandmother’s house covered in plastic bags and old diapers, would you?