Monday, April 23, 2018

Earth Day Turns 48

Yesterday was Earth Day.  Google's contribution is a doodle made in partnership with Jane Goodall.

The founder of Earth Day was Gaylord Nelson, who wanted to make the environment a political issue in 1970.  Remember the rivers burning?

We never guessed then that the environmental issue this year would be plastics.  The measure being used for the crisis is that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

Earth Day marked a new Guinness World Record set in Dubai - with the longest line of bottles to spread awareness about plastic pollution.  That was 58,477 bottles and the line was 3,842.5 metres long.

If you were in Toronto, you could have gone to the Earth Day Festival at Downsview Park, and made Garlic-Mustard pesto! Its new shoots are edible in cool weather.  It turns bitter with the warm weather like many greens.

In British Columbia they celebrated by broadcasting 24 hours of wetland noises.

The UN News site had various articles. Of interest was  the coverage of new agricultural heritage sites:  farming in harmony with nature.  The article is HERE.   Their coverage of climate change is HERE.  

Our pictures today feature purple flowers - Verbena Bonariensis at the Denver Botanical Garden and Wisteria with bees in it.  Purple is the flower colour of the year in 2018.

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