It’s no secret that all of us at Engledow are passionate about plants. So it’s probably not a surprise that one of our favorite holidays is Earth Day, a global celebration honoring our planet and bringing awareness to the importance of environmental conservation.
The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970, and it continues to be celebrated on this same date each year. The holiday was founded by a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, who was deeply affected by the damage caused after a devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. He believed that setting aside one day every year for education about environmental protection would help spur a movement inspiring millions to focus on countering the growing threats to our natural world.
Senator Nelson’s idea was a huge success. The first Earth Day saw more than 20 million Americans—many of them college students—attend demonstrations across the country in a sign of solidarity for our environment. The holiday was a big hit even by the most ambitious standards—but it was just the beginning.
Today, Earth Day is celebrated in 192 countries by millions of people, making it one of the biggest secular holidays on the planet. Global interest can be traced back to 1990, when a massive worldwide campaign focused on recycling brought Earth Day to the attention of a much wider audience. Ever since, it’s been one of the few holidays that we can count on every year to bring our world together.
We do a great job of celebrating Earth Day right here in Indiana, too. One of the best ways to celebrate locally is by attending the Earth Day Indiana Festival on April 22nd at White River State Park. There will be local food, live music, 120+ exhibitors, a 5k run/walk, plenty to do for kids—and lots of great activities and information based around conservation and protecting our environment. You also might want to check out the 6th Annual Earth Day Community Celebration at the Indianapolis JCC.
At Engledow, Earth Day isn’t just one of our favorite holidays—it’s also one of the most important. It’s a rare opportunity to set aside our differences and work together on an issue that we’re truly passionate about. Our goal is to live and work in harmony with nature, standing together for a greener, more sustainable world—and we hope you’ll stand with us.