Happy Earth Day, April is World Landscape Architecture Month and happy 200th birthday to Frederick Law Olmsted!

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April is Earth Month and always a busy 30 days for Earth-centered ideas, ideals and actions and April 2022 even more so. Nature’s resilience and nature-based solutions are extremely powerful.

Green infrastructure goes hand in hand with living architecture and both will help heal our planet.

How to say Happy Earth Day? #InvestingInOurPlanet

Nature grows on Cedar Trail below Mount Fromme in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Image: Christine Thuring

Let’s start by continuing to practice environmental design and getting involved to: fight climate change and achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions; advocate for climate justice and social equity; protect public lands, wildlife and biodiversity, and our old and mature forests; promote urban forests and reseeding efforts; ensuring clean air and water for all; save our seas and our coral reefs; preserving our cultural landscapes; ending plastic pollution; demand sustainable development…

“When 20 million people took to the streets for the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, they changed the course of history, helping create the EPA, the Clean Air and Water Act, and more. . Today, we must once again change the course of history to protect the planet we all depend on. Now is the time to act boldly to move our country forward and end the climate crisis. ~Sierra Club

For the past 50 years, Earth Day has been celebrated by billions of people around the world, annually on April 22, to unite in promoting awareness for the health of our environment. #WhatWillYouDo – the list is endless! But in other words, let’s fight for a healthy, regenerative and livable planet.

EARTHDAY.ORG, together with its partners, will present the Earth Day Climate Action Summit today. Join their “Earth Day Livestream – April 22 – Nature in the Race to Zero” – learn more.

Even the Peanuts cartoon gang is celebrating Earth Day this year with a new Peanuts special debuting on Apple TV+. Celebrating the environment, he points out that even tiny changes can help the Earth.

For Charlie Brown’s little sister, Sally, every day is Earth Day ~ watch “It’s the Little Things, Charlie Brown” Trailer on Youtube:

April is World Landscape Architecture Month #WLAM2022

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Image: ASLA

The American Society of Landscape Architecture’s primary vision statement is “healthy, beautiful, and resilient places for all.” As the founder of the celebration, ASLA promotes the profession with World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), an international celebration of landscape architecture and public and private designed spaces.

“Landscape architects design spaces where community, change, diversity and life thrive.” ~ ASLA

For #WLAM2022, ASLA explores: What is landscape architecture? What does landscape architecture mean to you? Learn more about ASLA.

200th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted #CelebrateOlmsted

Landscape architects, landscape architects and ASLA and IFLA members around the world celebrate the 200th birthday of the founder of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903). His 200th birthday will be honored on April 26, 2022 in New York and throughout the year at many other cities. Many of us will reflect on his living legacy of sensitive, vast and beautiful park designs that have become cultural icons and famous landmarks.

“Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1822, he studied engineering, chemistry and agriculture before embarking on a career in landscape architecture. In addition to his career as a designer, Olmsted was an author and social critic, convinced that aesthetic beauty was the cure for many of the social ills he observed around him. ~ Chicago Architecture Center

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Sheep Meadow in Central Park. Image: Central Park Conservatory

Olmsted believed that nature had a positive effect on human behavior and that well-planned parks and environments could help improve city dwellers’ sense of well-being. He certainly explored the concept of biophilia well!

In 1863, partners Olmsted and Vaux adopted the term “landscape architect” as their professional title and used it to describe their work for planning urban park systems. Although the partnership later disbanded, the team is responsible for many iconic park landscapes, including, of course, New York’s Central Park. Over a career spanning half a century, Frederick Law Olmsted completed more than 500 commissions and made significant contributions to the fields of public health, conservation, urban planning and landscaping.

Learn more about ASLA and Olmsted200.org.

Harmony with nature today and always

Happy April and I hope you find your own voice to better celebrate and contribute to a more sustainable planet Earth!

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Picture: Seattle UniversityLogo of Gabriela Batinich (Environmental Studies ’23), winner of the 2022 Earth Month® Logo Contest

Happy Earth Day and love the Earth, plant a roof (or a wall)!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Publisher Greenroofs.com & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

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