Friday, April 22, 2011


There's no better representation of some of the finer things on earth than blossoming flowers.

Earth Day: The History of A Movement

Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.
At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news....To read the rest of this essay on Earth Day, click here.


  1. beau post sur la journée de la terre

  2. I agree with you, Kate. Beautiful blossoms!

  3. I love, love your Earth Day posting, Great Kate! Wish I had known about the special date so I could have posted something, too!
    Happy Easter to you and yours

  4. I remember the first Earth Day well. I was a college student at George Washington University in downtown Washington, D.C. So of course we went out into the streets to demonstrate and pass out leaflets.

  5. Very true! Flowers are natures little miracles.

  6. This is a great post for today.

  7. Well, since my husband and I picked up 60 azalea bushes (2 gal containers), we will be celebrating earth day quite appropriately. Thanks for the reminder and I'll be calling my daddy who usually reminds me!


  8. Yes, this is a nice and friendly image for Earth Day.

  9. How lovely! I hope you had a wonderful Earth Day.


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