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The celebration of Earth Day, on April 22nd, began in the United States in 1970 and was the started by Senator Gaylord Nelson, who had been trying to find a way to “put the environment into the political ‘limelight’ once and for all”. There are actually two Earth Day celebrations (the other one is held in March on the equinox.)
According to Flags of the World, the Ecology Flag was created by cartoonist Ron Cobb, published on November 7, 1969, in the Los Angeles Free Press, then placed in the public domain. The symbol is a combination of the letters “E” and “O” taken from the words “Environment” and “Organism,” respectively. The flag is patterned after the United States’ flag, with thirteen alternating-green-and-whites stripes. Its canton is green with a yellow theta. Later flags used either a theta or the peace symbol. Theta would later become associated with Earth Day.
Everyone can do little things to help the mother Earth and it won’t take any effort at all. You can carry a cloth bag when you go shopping, support your local farmer’s markets (the food is much better and healthier from a farmer’s market), walk or bike to the places that are close, recycle when possible and remember…
But really, every day is Earth Day. Anything to help our environment is a perfect thing to do on Earth Day and every day. Don’t restrict yourself to just one day a year. Learn little ways you can help and put it into practice – every day!
Here is what I did today to celebrate Earth Day…I started my own herb garden!
Soon I will have my own fresh Basil, Cilantro and Parsley!