Earth Day is like an official Pacific Sands holiday. Since we make eco-friendly products, practice a green manufacturing style and care about our planet, it just seems natural to us.
Here are some fun facts about Earth Day:
Earth Day was created to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment and occurs each year on April 22nd. The first Earth Day was in 1970 and was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) as an environmental teach-in for school children.
Gaylord Nelson was inspired to bring attention to the environment after seeing the damage done by a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.
Earth Day created public support for the creation of the EPA which in turn created The Clean Air Act, The Water Quality Improvement Act, The Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws.
Every year on April 22, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet.
Earth Day was renamed officially by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.
One of the most fascinating (and little known) facts about Earth Day are the Moon Trees!
During the Apollo 14 moon mission in 1971, astronaut Stuart Roosa brought with him hundreds of tree seeds including Loblolly Pine, Sycamore, Sweetgum, Redwood, and Douglas Fir. Roosa and his seeds orbited the Moon 34 times in the command module Kitty Hawk.
The experiment seemed like a lost cause when, during the post-mission decontamination process, the seed canisters broke open and the seeds were thought to be useless. However, most of the tree seeds were still fit for germination and were successfully planted and cultivated. These trees were planted around National Monuments, as well as in sites all over the world. After decades of growing side-by-side with their Earth cousins, the Moon Trees showed no differences at all. On Earth Day 2009, NASA, in partnership with the United States National Arboretum and American Forests, planted a second generation Moon Sycamore on the arboretum’s grounds in Washington, D.C.
To learn more about the Moon Trees and where you can see them, check out this site:
We are honoring Earth Day with a sale on all of our products (Since they are eco-friendly). Use the code earthday25 to save 25% off your ENTIRE order! This coupon code is only good on Sunday at: www.pacificsandsinc.com
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