Growing in the Garden: Earth Day!
Growing in the Garden blog posts originally aired in 2019 as a radio show produced by the Food Sovereignty Initiative for KOYA 88.1 FM, the community radio station owned and operated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. They have been transcribed and adapted to be shared here as a community resource.
Hello, Rosebud! Thanks for tuning in to “Growing in the Garden.”
Earth Day is April 22nd this year, and we wanted to take a few minutes to talk about the history of this day and what we can do to celebrate it.
First, a very brief history! Earth Day started in 1970 when U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin organized an “environmental issues teach-in,” modeled after the teach-ins in the 1960s. Thousands of people across the country rallied to raise awareness about the environment, which sparked off an “environmental decade.”
Signs of spring on the Rosebud.
In 1990, Earth Day went global for the first time, with 200 million people from over 140 countries participating. Nowadays, the Earth Day Network partners with 17,000 organizations in over 170 countries. Each year, an estimated one billion people participate in Earth Day, making it the largest civic event in the world.
Each year, the Earth Day Network creates a theme, and this year’s is “Climate Action” to celebrate Earth Day's fiftieth anniversary (the 2019 Earth Day theme was "Protect our Species"). We are currently in a huge wave of species going extinct, most of which is caused by climate change. Destruction of habitat to extract resources from the land is another factor endangering wild animals. From insects to lizards to tigers, animals from all ecosystems and all sizes are fighting for their survival.
Tatanka (buffalo / American bison) are one animal whose populations have been decimated due to colonization. They have also faced habitat destruction.
So, on Wednesday, April 22nd, we’d like you to pause for a moment and appreciate Unci Maka that much more. And say a little prayer for all wamakaskan, our animal relatives that share this world with us and are struggling.
Or, if you want to do more, try not driving your car for the day, using candles instead of lights at night, or planting some flowers in your yard. The little things add up to a big thing.
Thanks for tuning in to what’s “Growing in the Garden.” Happy Earth Day to you!
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