Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year, both held annually during spring in the northern hemisphere, and autumn in the southern hemisphere. Many cities now extend the schedule of Earth Day observance events to be an entire week or month. These events are designed to encourage environmentally aware behaviors, including increased recycling, improved energy-efficiency, and reduction in disposable items.
In the spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson, inspired by the grass-roots momentum and energy behind anti-Vietnam War demonstrations known as “teach-ins,” announced the inception of a day devoted to a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The event soon took on a life of its own with 20 million demonstrators and participation from thousands of schools and local communities.
Earth Day has done so much to bring environmental causes into the spotlight and to motivate people en masse to take action. While it remains a wonderful way to have an annual check-in on our progress and push citizens and government to take further action, shouldn’t we consider giving the environmental a permanent spotlight in our thinking? In today’s rapidly changing world when the urgency of large-scale shifts in our modes of thinking and behavior are required, it seems useful, even necessary, to consider every day Earth Day.
As crafters and DIY-ers, I think it’s important to bring these practices into our creative processes, from the materials we use to the projects we make. Some of my favorite eco craft links include: Inhabitat, Treehugger, Readymade, Crafting a Green World, and Sew Green. Check them out for inspiring eco-minded stories and information.
Lark is a strong proponent of eco crafts with a variety of books that provide a wealth of inspiration to look at your crafting in a new environmentally-minded light. Check out the following books: Eco Craft, AwareKnits, Fantastic Recycled Plastic, Eco Books, Candlemaking the Natural Way, and Soapmaking the Natural Way. Projects from these books can help better connect you (as well as your crafty friends and family) with the need to view your crafting materials with new eyes.