Earth Day @ Green in BKLYN
Earth Day (Friday, April 22nd) celebrates its 41st Anniversary!
- In celebration of this Earth Day anniversary, Green in BKLYN will have a 41% Off Sale on specially marked items.
- In addition, the President of the Brooklyn Beekeepers Club, Michael Hegedus, will be in the shop from 3-4:30pm. Michael, also known as the Naked Beekeeper on You Tube, will talk honey, hives & urban beekeeping.
- Plus, we’ll be handing out free samples & selling raffle tickets for our Tsunami Relief Gift Basket with proceeds going to support the Red Cross in Japan. Spend $1 for a ticket & the chance to win an extra SodaStream CO2 cartridge, Erbaviva beauty products & much more!
Earth Day – an awesome day spanning decades, political parties & the earth…
To quote from the Earth Day Network:
The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator.
As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. “It was a gamble,” Gaylord recalled, “but it worked.”