Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. Founded by former US Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, Earth Day is now coordinated by Earth Day Network, with programming and events around the world. In 2009, the United Nations also declared April 22 to be International Mother Earth Day, an observance that "recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity."
One option for observing Earth Day is to become a member of Seed Savers Exchange, which supports a grassroots movement of gardeners working to insure a healthy food supply for future generations. A current special membership offer includes the following benefits:
:: A one-year (6 issue) subscription to Organic Gardening Magazine. Organic Gardening empowers readers to lead simpler, more efficient lives and to make positive connections with their world through their gardens (offer expires April 30th).Of related interest is an earlier Common Curator posting featuring Seed Savers Exchange.
:: Members-only publications delivered right to your mailbox.
:: Access to the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook, a directory of our community of nearly 700 members who save seeds and make them available to other members across the country.
:: A 10% discount on all purchases from the Seed Savers Exchange catalog and from the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center at Heritage Farm.
:: Reciprocal admissions with the American Horticultural Society to public gardens and arboretums across the country.