Falling in this month are many special days celebrating our newly awoken planet in the Northern hemisphere; chief among these for us, of course, is the relatively recent celebration of Earth Day. Here is a brief history of this day from Earth Day: The History of a Movement, from Earth Day Network website:
"Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center. The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.
As a result, on the 22nd of April, 1970 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values."
Other spring-oriented celebrations occurring in April are: Garden Week, National Park Week and Keep America Beautiful Week, generally held the last full week of April; Wildlife Week, held the third week; Sun Day, held on the Sunday closest to Earth Day, and Arbor (or Bird) Day, celebrated on different days in different States depending on the best tree planting season in their area. April 19 is National Hanging Out Day, a holiday encouraging communities to learn about the financial and environmental benefits of line-drying laundry.
The religious observance of Easter celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ (a moveable feast not fixed in relation to the civil calendar, the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon following the March equinox) is also a spring celebration, still retaining some early fertility and rebirth symbols such as rabbits and eggs.
We here at ASPI encourage all In April to spend time out of doors, soak up the sunshine, and plan, plant and celebrate in the garden!