The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
"Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 50,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world" ~ Earth Day Network
Earth Day also was the topic for our Oldies but Goodies Challenge at the Jewelry Artisans Community and this is what we came up with.
Let me pick out one the pieces this time, the pelican necklace. This is what Dawn, the artist, told us about it.
"I was devastated when the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico occurred in
2010. Seeing pictures of the wildlife struggling to survive just broke
my heart. I felt so sad, helpless and angry. One day I was thinking
that I could donate a few dollars to the wildlife rescue which got me to
thinking about how I could do more than that. And, then the light bulb
came on in my brain.
Pelicans became the symbol of the damage
done to wildlife, so I decided to use it as a symbol as well and painted
a pendant with a beautiful, healthy pelican on one side and a sick oil
soaked pelican on the other which was made into a necklace. There was a
lot of other symbolism that went into the necklace, but it's too
complicated to try to explain it all here.
Once the necklace was
done, it was raffled off. A ton of tickets were sold and nearly $500
dollars was raised which was donated to the Louisiana Audubon Society
specifically for the rehabilitation of the birds injured due to the oil
Being able to do that was incredibly empowering and
helped me overcome many of those feelings of sadness, helplessness and
2 Jewelry Art by Dawn
3 Cat's Wire
4 The Crafty Chimp
5 MC Stoneworks