Posted by: greeningwashington | April 22, 2009

Earth Day


Today is Earth Day.

Why not go ahead and do something special for mother Earth?

I intend to take this day to reflect on how I can live a more environmentally friendly life.

What will you do?

This year marks the 39th anniversary of Earth Day. April 1970 marked the beginning of the Environmental Decade, which saw many progressive changes in the way American’s interacted with their environment. Clean air, clean water, reduction of lead and other harmful pollutants.

This Earth Day the focus is on ‘generation green.’ According to the Earth Day Network,

Generation Green includes ordinary people who are engaged in individual and collective activities to improve their health, to improve their schools, to participate in building a solution to urgent national and global issues, such as climate change or the world’s water crises.

Earth Day is about activism, spreading awareness, progress. But, at the very least, Earth Day is about reflection and introspection — recognize your natural surroundings and how you affect them. What small, everyday things can you do to improve the quality of your environment?

Managing our nonrenewable resources, preserving wilderness, maintaining parks, and protecting wildlife should be nonpartisan actions.

Humans are but one species living on this Earth. We are made from the Earth. We can use the Earth, but not abuse it. And whether we chose to accept it or not, our vitality is depends on the vitality of the Earth — its ecosystems, and wildlife.

But humans are busy; busy working or busy trying to survive. We are not all as enriched as Thoreau or Muir.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”  -Walden Pond, Thoreau.

Find an Earth Day event near you.

Until next time.



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