Engage This Earth Month
Written by Plant With Purpose on April 5, 2016 in News & Events
This past Friday, April 1 was not only a day to trick friends and colleagues but it was also the start of Earth Month, a month dedicated to bringing awareness to environmental issues and “Going Green.” This annual awareness campaign began with a feeling experienced by then Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. Nelson bore witness to environmental degradation—the decline of state parks and the depletion of the Great Lakes. However, the environment was not a political or national priority.
Nelson approached President John F. Kennedy in 1962 to do a speaking tour focused on conservation. The tour was overall unsuccessful creating no excitement or momentum. Nelson took a grassroots approach, and in late 1969 invited the nation to participate in Earth Day on April 22,1970. The day took on a life of it’s own. More than 12,000 organized events took place across the nation with 20 million people in attendance. On that day Americans demonstrated that the environment mattered and was worthy of national care and attention.
In the 1970s, a sufficiently large and dispersed group of people recognized the fragility and finite nature of the Earth’s ecosystem, understood that “everything is connected to everything else,” and accepted the responsibility not only to set straight the mistakes of the past but to avoid repeating them in the future. – Gaylord Nelson
The need to advocate for the environment is as great as any time in history. For Plant With Purpose partnering farmers, the condition of land means the difference between surviving or providing for their families in a sustainable way. To them, the need is obvious. Mudslides, eroded hills, and barren land all point to environmental degradation as a result of deforestation.
“We are not free to decide about whether or not our environment “matters.” It does matter, apart from any political exigencies. We disregard the needs of our ecosystem at our mortal peril.” – Garylord Nelson
Join us this Earth Month at the following events as we spread awareness and work together to restore the Earth—one tree at a time.
Rooted Art Show
Wednesday, April 20 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Point Loma Nazarene University
Oceanside Earth Festival
Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Downtown Oceanside, CA
Earth Day Houston
Saturday, April 16 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sam Houston Park, Houston, TX
Balboa Park EarthFair
Sunday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Balboa Park in San Diego, CA
Sunday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas, CA