In April, we celebrate the earth by observing a very important day – Earth Day!
Never heard of it? Well, Earth Day has been around for more than 30 years. It was started by Gaylord Nelson, a 53-year-old Wisconsin senator, as a way of bringing attention to how people’s actions were endangering the planet.
Nearly 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 by picking up litter, collecting recyclables, and holding “teach-ins” to talk about the environment. This widespread concern by citizens about what was happening to the Earth inspired the U.S. Congress to pass the Clean Air Act (www.epa.gov/clean-air-act-overview) in the early 1970s.
This year SPEX CertiPrep celebrates Earth Day with the unveiling of our SPEX Community Garden. We all know that we need to eat fresh fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet. Some foods we will be growing include spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkins, beets, and strawberries (yummy). Not only will our garden help us eat better, but it will help us to reduce stress, allow us to be social with our fellow colleagues, teach us how to garden, and we will be giving back to our community by donating part of our harvest to the local food pantries.
In addition to our fruits and vegetables garden, we are planting wildflowers along the right hand side of our building in an effort to bring back the bees.
Did you know that the bee population everywhere has been declining at an alarming rate¹? 1 in 3 bites of food we eat is made possible by the bees and other pollinators². 44% of bee colonies in the U.S. collapsed in 2016³. More than two thirds of the world’s crop species rely on pollinators†.
What will you do to celebrate Earth Day?
Join us to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Tweet us with what you are doing to @SPEXCertiPrep.
1- Pollinator Health Task Force, “National strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators” (White House, Washington, DC, 2015).
2- Klein, Alexandra-Maria et al “Importance of pollinators in changing landscapes for world crops.” Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 274,1608 (2007).