This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Earth day was founded by Gaylord Nelson who was a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. Having witnessed the destruction of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA in 1969, he came up with the idea for a national day to focus on the environment.
‘On April 22,1970, 20 million Americans (10% of the total population of the United States at that time) took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment.’ (source: earthday.org)
That marked the beginning of a global movement to fight for a clean environment and provoke policy changes.
All of us at The Market are deeply concerned about the environment and we want to help where we can. So, we got to thinking…what can we do to help in a small way each day?
Each month we purchase windmill offsets so that 1500 kw of clean electricity is produced and returned to the grid.
We know that the accumulation of plastic waste is a major problem on land and in our oceans killing millions of marine animals each year.
We are now offering compostable food containers instead of plastic and some of the plastic we do use is plant based.
In a commitment to honor Earth Day and to help protect our planet we are taking some small steps. We feel that it’s our responsibility to do our part and we hope you’ll join us!
Beginning April 1, we will pay you to help us save the planet!
-BYOB (bag) or choose not to use a bag and we will pay you 10 cents.
-Bring back one of our plastic food containers which allows us to reuse it and we will pay you 20 cents.
Watch how fast those feel-good coins add up!
Will a small, neighborhood Market in Potomac, Maryland change the world? Maybe not, but together with your help, we hope we can make a difference.
History of Earth Day
1970 The first Earth Day mobilizes 20 million Americans to call for increased protections for our planet.
1990 Earth Day goes global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries.
2000 Earth Day leverages the power of digital media to build millions of local conversations across more than 180 countries.
2010 Earth Day Network launches A Billion Acts of Green® and The Canopy Project. Earth Day 2010 engages 75,000 global partners in 192 countries.
2020 Earth Day will mark 50 years with global activations that aim to mobilize a billion people worldwide for transformative action for our planet.
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