Hippies got their name because they were “hip” or aware of what was going on in the world around them. The hippie movement grew out of the earlier beatnik movement, which was a group of nonconformists living in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco.
Some of the concerns we have today about taking care of our environment began with the hippies. Many hippies wore flowers in their hair to emphasize their love of nature, described in a popular song of the time. This led to the popular phrase “flower power.”