Earth Day History
Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day, 2018. It is a day to remember the beauty and fragility of the planet we call home.
The observance of Earth Day came from gathering national support for environmental issues. In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson both asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration in support of the planet. Millions of people participated. Today, Earth Day is widely observed as a time to plant trees, clean up litter, and enjoy nature by getting out in it, through hiking, walking, gardening, or joining the many public observances held on April 22nd.
Gift of the Earth Blanket
This Earth Day, you can celebrate for a cause with theGIft of the Earth blanket: Gift of the Earth
Gift of the Earth features a bold design on a neutral backdrop is inspired by the traditional Hopi potters, who draw from generations of knowledge to create their beautiful, unique works of art. Their work, and this design, pay testament to the practice of learning from the past while moving into the future.
“Gift of the Earth” is part of a collection of blankets designed specifically for the American Indian College Fund, many of them designed by Native artists. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of College Fund blankets provides scholarships for Native students to attend tribal colleges and universities. The College Fund has been the nation’s largest philanthropic effort supporting Native American higher education for more than 25 years.
Learn More there: The College Fund
Photo courtesy of Shondian Lee: Shondina Lee Yikasbaa
The weaving video
Watch the blanket take shape, from sheep to loom, in this video.
“Blessing Song” from the album Tribute to the Elders (CR-6318) by the Black Lodge Singers courtesy Canyon Records License 2017-023. All rights reserved. www.CanyonRecords.com.
The future depends on our careful stewardship of our planet. Those who come after us will live in the world we leave them. Let’s not let them down.
Photo by @ryanchristopher929, used with permission