When I mentioned to my neighbor last week about participating in an Earth Day Event (yesterday) he said, “oh yes, you are a ‘tree hugger’ aren’t you?”. I replied that I had been called that in the 70’s but as I matured I preferred to think of myself as a steward of the planet. I followed his comment with ” if we don’t take better care of our natural resources what do you think it will be like for your 12 grand-children when they grow up…will they have enough pure water? He blithely responded with “it’ll be taken care of.” I wanted to ask him who would take care of it but I didn’t have enough time that morning for the discussion that would have ensued…
So today is the official “Earth Day”, a day when many come together to recognize the positive changes that have occurred over the years and acknowledge those elements that may need to be addressed with more concern. Whether you agree “climate change” exists, a shortage of pure water, too many toxic chemicals in our soils, greenhouse gases eroding the ozone layer or you think everything is just fine, today is a day one more person may become aware of an environmental problem and take one step towards improving the situation. I am one of those who lives every day as “Earth Day” and have been for decades and I am grateful when I see just one person becoming more aware of their surroundings by doing something simple like tossing a can or bottle in a recycle bin instead of a trash can.
Do something proactive today like turning off the water while you brush your teeth, change out an incandescent light bulb, ride a bike instead of driving, turn off your computer tonight, plant a tree or learn more about what’s going on with the rest of the planet. Below are some interesting resources if you want to learn more. Have a healthy Earth Day today!
In case you’re interested in the history of Earth Day, click here for a great info-graphic I found on Care2.com.
“Ripe for Change” is a great documentary that reveals two parallel yet contrasting views of our world. One holds that large-scale agriculture, genetic engineering, and technology promise a hunger-less future. The other calls for a more organic, sustainable, and locally focused style of farming that reclaims the aesthetic and nurturing qualities of food and considers the impact of agriculture on the environment, on communities, and on workers. Click here to watch the video on SnagFilms.com.
“What is your Greatest Footprint (Carbon vs. Water)” from Calor Gas is a terrific info-graphic about countries’ footprints and where the US stands in the ratings.