Since the 1960s, there has been a concerted awareness of the need to keep our environment in better shape; and a desire to teach future generations the same. Two crucial events in the 60’s are associated with the implementation of a strategic environmental plan. In 1962, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, which exposed the effects pollution was having n the Earth; in 1969 a major oil spill off the coast of California woke many people up. Therefore, 1970 saw the establishment of two days meant to serve the advancement of knowledge, as well as an increasing concern for the future health of the planet.
John McConnell, conservationist and peace activist, envisioned the date of the Spring Equinox as a perfect symbol of balance and order in the world. Mr. McConnell chose this day to be the inaugural Earth Day, meant to bring consideration of peace and respect towards Earth and humanity. In the same time frame, Gaylord Nelson, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, proposed that the date of April 22nd be established as a national day of education regarding environmental concerns. The original Earth Days resulted in the establishment of the EPA, as well as the passing of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Although McConnell’s date was adopted by the United Nations, it is the April 22nd date that has endured in America’s consciousness.
Plants and flowers comprise a critical ecosystem in our environment. They provide nourishment, air quality control, shelter, and resources – and so the importance of keeping them protected and flourishing is vital. With Earth Day fast approaching, having a living greenery basket can make your office or home space more inviting; and the plants will continually remind you of the key role they play in our world. Planting trees outside, hanging flowering baskets outside your home, or bringing the outdoors in – all are great ways to recognize either Earth Day.
What do we do to help the earth? Bagoy’s recycles all cardboard boxes that our flowers come in. We also recycle paper, copier ink cartridges and cans. We use Earth-friendly products and flower sources that also use Earth-friendly growing policies.
Customers that end up with too many vases can bring them to Bagoy’s! We use them to stretch our community contribution budget and send all wedding bouquets out in collected vases. No charge to the bride and her bouquets stay fresh.
Join us at Bagoy’s Florist & Home as we take part in these special celebrations and welcome spring to Anchorage.