It’s Earth Day 2020.

At the present time, there’s something else we humans all have in common – no, it’s not the fact that we are immersed in this pandemic. Sandwiched in between all the bad news these days, you might just find “Earth Day 2020 – 50th Anniversary” trending on social media. It is a worldwide event to embrace Mother Earth.

How many of you remember the first Earth Day back in 1970?

I don’t remember what, if anything, was done at school to celebrate the day, but I do recall our local grocery store, Farmer Jack, was handing out evergreen seedlings and invited all its customers to come and get one to commemorate the first Earth Day.

I went and got a seedling, planted it in a pot, with visions of that seedling growing up to be a Christmas tree one day. But unfortunately, even though it had a primo sunny spot, it never looked half as good as ol’ Charlie’s Brown’s Christmas tree.

Our current COVID-19 pandemic may have wreaked havoc on our respective lives and livelihoods, but for many, the chance to be unburdened from the day-to-day normal activities during this down time and to step out into nature has been a blessing in disguise. Hopefully your respite in a woodsy nook has fostered an enjoyment of natural settings and will become a habit long after our current health crisis is over.

I’ll leave you with a quote by Jeopardy host Alex Trebek:

“If you can’t be in awe of Mother Nature, there’s something wrong with you.”

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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30 Responses to It’s Earth Day 2020.

  1. thanks, Linda no actually noticed anything before about earth day however now one for the diary.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Andy – I think it would have have been totally overlooked if it was not the 50th anniversary of the event. I know you will enjoy your Earth Day as you have continued going out in nature and exploring new or different venues, apart from the sea which you love … any port in a storm.

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  2. Sandra J says:

    That is so true, I am constantly in awe of nature. 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I know you are Sandra, with or without your camera, and without a camera with you, you just capture the images in your head to play back and enjoy in the future. There were lots of quotes about nature, but to match up with the Jeopardy-like phrase in my Wordless Wednesday post, I used this one by Alex Trebek …simple and to the point!

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  3. ruthsoaper says:

    I didn’t realize that the first earth day was 50 years ago. Normally Saint Clair County holds an Earth Fair at Goodells Park over the weekend but it obviously was cancelled this year. We usually attend and buy some seedlings to plant so that is something I miss this year.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I do remember it Ruth because of Farmer Jack and the seedlings, but you are younger than me. 🙂 WWJ radio news was playing some excerpts of Walter Cronkite on the CBS National News 50 years ago today and he was mentioning the first Earth Day. That was really the only mention of this event – sadly the pandemic is 90% of the news these days, if not more. The Earth Fair sounds like it would be fun and the local newspaper (“News Herald”) had a gardener named Paul Rodman who used to sponsor a big Spring and Fall perennial exchange each year at the newspaper’s parking lot. He had a gardening column in the paper and I wrote to him several times – he always answered and was very nice. He passed away recently, so I guess the event which has gone on for years won’t take place due to his death and the pandemic. I hope your garlic has survived –
      we had a hard freeze here in Wayne County –
      bet you did too.

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  4. Uncle Tree says:

    🙂 HaPPy Earth DaY! ❤ Long may she live. 🙂

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  5. Ally Bean says:

    Earth Day! Well, that almost slipped by me. Thanks for the reminder. I agree with AT’s quote.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, they didn’t promote it a lot this year, despite being a monumental anniversary, although it was trending under a few names on Twitter. I agree with him too – Earth got a break this year as people either stayed inside or ventured out to a park or on a nature hike. But next year it will be the same-old, same-old.

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  6. Earth Day has always been more a symbolic day of mention rather than a day of actually doing something meaningful.
    If people want to do something meaningful than can give up their car…….but we both know that ain’t going to happen. Buy less stuff too. We consume at a ravenous rate!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      That’s for sure Wayne. It has lost a lot of its meaning through the years. This year maybe Mother Earth rallied back a little though, with half the world staying home, but it’s just temporary – give it time. and things will be like before.

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  7. Eliza says:

    So cool! 💕💕💕

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  8. clarejk2014 says:

    Happy Earth Day Linda. Nature is so precious and yet so easily taken for granted.

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  9. I remember the first one but not what we did to celebrate. Maybe seedling trees were handed out.

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  10. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………………..your quote made me chuckle!…………………..yes it was a great partly sunny ……………………….but……………….snowy Earth Day!………………………..everyone who likes to garden are going crazy to get started……………………………….making this earth look beautiful again!!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      There were so many quotes to pick from Ann Marie that I decided that one said it best! I was happy not to get caught in a graupel storm like yesterday, Hopefully the gardening stores will be open soon – it looks like the Governor will relax some restrictions but we may still be staying at home until mid-May. That was what she hinted at today in her press conference anyway.

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  11. Laurie says:

    I do remember the first Earth Day. I can remember making a poster celebrating Earth Day in art class in school. Too bad about your seedling, Linda. Happy Earth Day!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      You’ve got a better memory than me Laurie, although I think I mentioned to you before that for our sophomore and junior year at high school, the millage did not pass so we only went four hours of school per day, no extracurricular activities, just the four Rs and that was it … I guess you’d call it “no-frills education!”

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  12. Joni says:

    Happy Earth Day Linda! I hope you spent it walking.

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  13. Happy Earth Day! Last year at an Earth Day’s event, we got a pin of an owl that says, “Give a hoot, don’t pollute!” It was a great conversation starter with the kids.
    We started a small herb and bunch of everything container gardening. It’s mostly dirt now, but hoping that we get some harvest. Cilantro showing tiny sprouts, along with green peas.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Well thank you Esther and back at you! I think the event got lost in the news of the pandemic don’t you? I like the owl pin – that’s a cute idea. Good for you with the herbs – at least with the container gardening, if you get lots of rain or animals poking around, it will be portable and you can move it around to some extent. I have a friend who grows strawberries in pots on her back deck – she is successful with them until they ripen and because she lives near a wooded area, the deer often come and help themselves to her flowers, berries – even the bird seed in the bird feeder.

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  14. Mackenzie says:

    I love your perspective, Linda. Thank you for sharing. Happy Earth Day!

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