Celebrating Earth Day - April 22

April 21, 2017

Celebrating Earth Day - April 22 | Amano Artisans

Earth Day is here, and we decided to celebrate by writing our first blog post!

With this day upon us the first question coming to our mind is "What can we do not only to celebrate this day but make a contribution in the long run?" Here are some ideas:

  •  Apply the "three R's": Reduce (such as water and electricity consumption), Reuse (e.g., bags and water bottles) and Recycle.
  • Use earth-friendly cleaners, Vinegar and baking soda can clean just about anything!
  •  Sell or donate unwanted items that are in good condition. Don't send them to the landfills. Instead, consider having a garage sale, or finding a charity or ministry in your city that accepts used items and gets them into the hands of people who need them. Remember...  "One man's trash is another man's treasure!"

About Earth Day

Founded on April 22, 1970, Earth Day is an annual event celebrated globally in more than 193 countries. It is sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full week of events focused on green awareness.

Senator Gaylord Nelson developed the idea of Earth Day after witnessing the damage caused by the massive oil spill that took place in 1969 in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the anti-Vietnam War “teach-ins” that were taking place on college campuses around the United States, Senator Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight.

According to the website www.earthday.org, Earth Day got it's start on April 22, 1970, when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. This was the first step toward raising public awareness of air and water pollution, meant to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda.

This time, each year, the damaged state of the environment comes to the forefront, encouraging all of us to do our part and work toward a healthier, more sustainable planet for the future.

Focus: Conservation

Do you know what the African elephant and the South American rainforest have in common? Sadly, they are both being eliminated from the face of the earth at an alarming rate.  African elephants are butchered by the thousands every year, simply for their tusks. The illegal ivory trade fuels this slaughter, and although many governments have joined forces to try and stop it, the poachers keep finding new ways to provide ivory to unscrupulous buyers.  

The rainforest is being destroyed at the rate of millions of acres a year.  Cattle farming, fossil fuel extraction, road construction and timber-mining are just a few of the reasons for the destruction.  The damage to the rainforests is contributing to the destabilization of the Earth’s climate, as well as the destruction of a habitat that is home to millions of plants and animals, who, once their home is destroyed, may very well disappear from the planet altogether.

Vegetable Ivory

Tagua, or “vegetable ivory”, is the product of the tagua palm, found in many South American countries.   Because of its incredible likeness to animal ivory, and the beautiful, natural whorls of color in its smooth ivory surface, the tagua seeds are a natural alternative for bone and antler. One tagua palm can produce enough ivory in a single year to equal what an average African elephant provides in a lifetime. 

The production of tagua fruit is an excellent way to protect endangered rainforest lands that could possibly be destroyed for farming or fossil fuel extraction. And if more people would use vegetable ivory instead of purchasing poached ivory from the killing of the African elephant, the elephant population could begin to recover as well.  

The tagua industry provides a livelihood for indigenous peoples, as well as a sustainable source of ivory for artisans and collectors around the world.  This is  why at Amano Artisans vegetable ivory or tagua is our material of choice when it comes to raising awareness about Earth Day.

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