Earth Day is a movement that has united hundreds of millions of people across the world with the purpose of educating and activating environmental awareness. The first Earth Day happened April 22, 1970. It was the idea of then, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson after seeing the effects of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. He came to the realization that if he could help bring awareness to all of the air and water pollution that was happening, it would help bring environmental protection onto the national political agenda. According to the Earth Day Network’s website, the first Earth Day “activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.”
Joining the Earth Day movement, The Town of Addison, along with the Addison Arbor Foundation, hosted Addison’s first Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 27, at the Addison Conference Centre. Children were able to enjoy crafts in the lawn, while parents and other adults listened to Laura Campbell introduce the newest plant innovations from the Southern Living Plant Collection.
The Addison Arbor Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission to promote and enhance landscaping, public art, public parks and parks and recreation programs of the Town of Addison. They are an all-volunteer organization and according to their website, “We work with individual donors, neighborhood associations and businesses that help us sponsor new public art and landscape projects in Addison. With additional donations, we can add more new and exciting art and landscape enhancements to beautify our town.”
Earth Day is a great opportunity each year to educate our kids as well as ourselves on what we can do to help our planet. We look forward to next year as the Town of Addison hosts another Earth Day Celebration. Make sure to follow the Town of Addison on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for all the latest information on events coming up as well as to see pictures from all of the Town of Addison events.