Over 92 countries around the world celebrate Earth Day to commemorate the importance of protecting our natural environment. The idea originated with U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson back in 1970, shortly after a devastating oil spill in California. On April 22, 1970, Senator Nelson along with event coordinator Denis Hayes promoted an event to highlight environmental awareness and create a greater appreciation for our natural resources. The idea was a monumental success and before long, Earth Day was being celebrated in countries all over the world.
As a result of increased environmental awareness, such laws as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act were passed in the U.S. to help preserve our natural resources and protect the environment. Today, millions continue to celebrate Earth Day to highlight environmental concerns in their local communities. Getting out in the fresh air and communing with nature are two popular aspects of Earth Day celebrations.
Earth Day’s major focus is saving our natural resources and giving back to our environment. By planting trees and flowers, you can help to accomplish this objective. From school age children to elderly volunteers, people can be seen planting trees and flower gardens at home, in parks, on school grounds and other public places throughout their community. Trees, plants and flowers not only add life and beauty to our natural environment, but can greatly benefit our health and social well being. Even gifting beautiful flowers and plants to family and friends on Earth Day will give them a greater appreciation for the beauties of nature.
It’s no secret that greenery has a positive effect on air quality and climate. Flowers, trees and shrubs help to reduce dust and smoke from the air to improve air quality. During photosynthesis, flowers’ leaves absorb harmful carbon dioxide gases and discharge oxygen, increasing oxygen levels in the surrounding area. Flowers also aid in decreasing soil erosion, so less sediment is washed into local lakes and streams.
By planting flowers, shrubs and trees on Earth Day, you can do your part to help draw attention to your community’s natural environment. People are naturally attracted to the beauty and visual appeal of colorful flower gardens and green open spaces. As people pay more attention to beautiful garden settings, they become more aware of their individual responsibility to help preserve these resources for the future.