Celebrate Earth Day 2019 with us!
The first Earth Day was celebrated over 40 years ago on April 22, 1970. It was founded by Gaylord Nelson, a US Senator from Wisconsin, after seeing the impact of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. At that time it was the largest oil spill in US history and still ranks at number 3, behind only the Deepwater Horizon and Exxon Valdez oil spills. It was Mr. Gaylord’s vision to have a “national teach-in on the environment” and energize the public to protect the environment by addressing water and air pollution concerns. Over 20 million Americans participated in that first Earth Day celebration uniting many in a common cause that had been previously fragmented over several specific environmental concerns.
This year, Earth Day celebrations will focus on community volunteer clean ups world wide. Green spaces, urban spaces, waterways, beaches and more will be patrolled by volunteers looking to pick up trash and dispose of it correctly. Most of these clean ups are scheduled for Saturday, April 20th but Earth Day is officially April 22nd. I couldn’t find an organized clean up for our area scheduled so I challenge everyone to take some time during the month of April, while walking down the sidewalk, through a parking lot, along a walking trail or beach to stop and notice what is in the environment. Appreciate the plants, trees and flowers you see, the birdsong you may hear but also take note of any trash that may be present and pick it up to dispose of properly. It only takes a moment and it is a way of sharing some love with Mother Nature. If you would like to share with us on Facebook or Instagram your contribution to Earth Day, take a pic and post it to our Facebook page or DM us on Instagram and we will choose a picture at random on April 23rd. The winner will receive a Final Straw collapsible travel straw worth $24.50!
Lastly, consider making every day an Earth Day. Join us here at the store as we strive to continue reducing the number of single use bags that are used by saying ‘No’ and entering for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate back to the store. A winner is drawn each month from all the entries! Also, think of ways to reduce other plastics you use, like single use water bottles, straws, plastic lids, plastic wrap and many other items that have become an integral part of our lives. Many times there are alternatives and when there aren’t please consider reusing, recycling or repurposing the item. Together we can make a change!