Happy Earth Day from Bele Casel!

The “day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace” across the world.

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

That’s a photo of wild arugula in our top vineyard, our Prà Grande vineyard in the township of Monfumo (in the Colli Asolani or Asolo Hills in Treviso province).

Wild arugula is EXPLODING across our vineyards. It couldn’t be a better sign that our organic farming practices have created robust biodiversity. That’s the key to making great wine in our opinion. And we also believe it’s the key to taking care of our environment, our planet, and ourselves.

Here’s a little bit of history about the holiday (from Wikipedia).

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in recognition of his work. While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.

Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on the environmental issues that the world faces. In 2017, the March for Science occurred on Earth day (April 22, 2017) and was followed by the People’s Climate Mobilization (April 29, 2017).

On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries. This signing satisfied a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Author: Bele Casel

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