Each year on April 22, Earth Day is celebrated. It has evolved into a significant international call to action to help protect our planet and a reminder about sustainability. Earth Day is considered a social movement that inspires us to preserve our means of life and the land we call home. It is celebrated with planned community cleanups, protests, and education. For Aboriginal People, however, the advocacies of Earth Day are actually basic daily practises: to care for, preserve and protect Country
History of Earth Day
After Senator Gaylord Nelson, a former governor of Wisconsin, suggested that a day be set aside to increase public awareness of environmental preservation, the first Earth Day was observed in 1970. The team included Denis Hayes, a young activist.
Denis Hayes was approached by a group of environmental leaders as 1990 drew near to organise yet another significant campaign for the environment. This time, Earth Day mobilised 200 million people across 141 nations, bringing environmental issues to the forefront of international politics. Earth Day 1990 significantly increased recycling activities across the globe and paved the groundwork for the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992.
More than a billion people worldwide observe Earth Day each year as a day of action to change human behaviour and bring about changes to global, national, and local policy. It is now largely acknowledged as the largest secular commemoration in the world.
Earth Day Advocacies and Aboriginal Belief
As previously mentioned, what Earth Day is annually advocating for are what First Nations people have upheld for tens of thousands of years. Protecting Country is an integral part of Aboriginal life and lore, understanding that Country provides sustenance, shelter, life, and that Country is a living entity we should all protect and respect. So cleanups, protests, talks, and all other initiatives go beyond Earth Day season; Aboriginal People fight for sustainability every single day of their lives.
How Can We Support Caring for Earth/Country
There are many ways of caring for our Earth. Not only making changes in our daily lives but including supporting Aboriginal businesses, communities, and care groups at the forefront of sustainable and regenerative practices.
Aboriginal Land Councils are the state or territory's official representation for Aboriginal concerns especially on land matters. They seek to advance the objectives of Aboriginal communities and safeguard their interests. Among their numerous responsibilities, Aboriginal land councils assist Aboriginal people in managing their land, obtaining their Country back through land claims, and providing a powerful voice for the Aboriginal people they represent. By cooperating with these councils, we help them do their job of protecting Aboriginal land and caring for Country - caring for the Earth.
How DulcieDot Supports The Cause of Earth Day
We are stewards of this planet and DulcieDot is an advocate of sustainability. Our garments are made of organic and natural textiles and we also aim to include upcycled textiles in our future collections. Wearing organic clothing encourages organic farming, which results in healthier soil, less soil erosion, and fewer health risks for humans and wildlife. Our garments are made from GOTS-certified textiles that also shed very few microfibers.
We also practice slow fashion. Our styles are timeless and transcend fashion trends and our key pieces are also purposefully designed to grow alongside your child, ensuring that they get more use. This ensures you with DulcieDot you can buy less, choose well and make it last.We have also written a blog on sustainability which can serve as your guide. From food choices to gardening methods, you can do your part. Let’s look after Country and preserve the lands that have provided us with everything we need to survive this world.