Fair warning: If you own a hideous, environment-killing, yellow Hummer in Philadelphia, your neighbor may anonymously leave a mean note on your car, call it an “eye sore,” and urge you to move it from the spot outside your house where you, quite reasonably, park it.
Today is Earth Day, which means it’s time once again for an old story to make the rounds. Multiple news sources today have reported that Ira Einhorn founded Earth Day. Einhorn, convicted twice (once in absentia) for the 1977 murder of Holly Maddux, is serving a life sentence for his horrific crime. But he was not the founder of Earth Day.
Time, in 1970, cited Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson as the founder of the event1. He “casually suggested that all Americans set aside April 22nd as a day for serious discussion of environmental problems” in 1969, and the idea went viral. (Or however ideas spread in the late ’60s and early ’70s.) Large observations were held around the country — 1,500 college campuses and 10,000 schools planned events, per Time — 45 years ago, with notable rallies in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park and in New York City. Read more »
Even Vegan Food Can Be Delicious
For those of you who don’t have a lot of tree-hugging friends posting about it on Instagram, today is Earth Day. Inexplicably, despite the gravitas of this enormous day, I was still expected to show up to work today. I know, it’s shocking how little people care about our planet. Nonetheless, some people know how to celebrate Earth Day correctly. Tonight, Vegan Commissary is taking a break from serving its traditional weekend brunch fare and opening up for a four-course $45 dinner.
The menu is heavy on the spring flavors, and right now is arguably the best time to eschew meat and dairy anyway because the produce is just starting to get exciting again. I mean, I’m not going to be a vegan, but I support you if you are.
The first course is a baby arugula salad with rhubarb and strawberries, followed by asparagus and artichokes served with sprouted barley and meyer lemon. The main course is risotto with spring greens, morels, and black pepper ricotta, and dessert will be a caramel coconut budino with pineapple and pistachios.
You can make reservations by calling (215) 964-3232.
Vegan Commissary [official]
Happy Earth Day, Shoppists! Since we’ve not exactly of the green-thumbed variety over here, we’re celebrating Mother Earth by making smart, socially responsible shopping decisions. First up, Hand in Hand, the Philly-based company of husband-and-wife duo Courtney Apple and Bill Glaab. Together, they make the sweetest-smelling soaps (orange blossom, wildflower and fern, lavender, rose water, white tea, sea salt), bath salts and candles with an even sweeter mission.
In celebration of Earth Day, we’ve rounded up five eco-friendly everyday yoga essentials to add to your collection. Whether you’re looking for a new yoga bag that can take you from work to class or a new pair of leggings that give you the stretch you need to get deep into a pose, we’ve got you covered. Check out the goods below.
Do you ever get that nagging feeling that you haven’t made much impact on the world? If you didn’t win senior class president and your submission to the local poetry writing contest was resoundingly rejected, here’s your chance to be part of something bigger–something, well, record-breaking.
On Sunday, The Nature Conservancy is celebrating Earth Day by hosting picnics around the globe in an attempt to set the world record for the largest outside picnic held across multiple venues. All you have to do to be part of this homage to outdoor eating is show up at Clark Park between noon and 4 pm and BYOP–or be one of the first 100 eager record seekers to arrive in order to get fed by Elevation Burger.
Clark Park, 43rd and Chester Avenue, Sunday at noon. Got it? Have a happy Earth Day.
Picnic For The Planet 2012 [Official website]