Friday, April 22nd marks the 41st anniversary of the greenest day of the year, Earth Day. Created to inspire appreciation and awareness of the earth’s natural environment, it is now observed in more than 175 countries. Earth Day was founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. He was compelled to take action after a visit to California following a devastating 1969 oil spill – green awareness has been brought to the forefront this year after the 2010 gulf oil spill, as well as Japan’s nuclear disaster.
On Wednesday of this week, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition featured a Peruvian Connection favorite, the Textile Museum of Washington, DC. The Textile Museum is celebrating the symbolism of the color green with its new exhibition titled Green: The Color and the Cause. The exhibit features contemporary art installations as well as historical textiles, some green in color and some green in the way they have been created. The artists represent five continents, and have used the green concept in themes of sustainability, recycling, and interaction with the natural world. The show runs through September 11, 2011.