Happy Earth Day! Its the 40th anniversary of the annual event which, since 1970, has helped raise awareness of environmental and climate-related issues.
But what if you aren’t particularly “green”? Even if you don’t regularly recycle or buy organic, Earth Day is a reminder for us to take care of what we own. Just as you launder your clothes, feed your body and tidy your living space, caring for Mother Earth should be habitual, no matter the political party card in your wallet.
If you’re wondering why celebrate Earth Day, we’d love to share a few reasons with you….
Principles that apply on Earth Day (and every day) are much the same as the lessons we learned in kindergarten: (1) clean up after yourself; (2) share; (3) don’t take things that aren’t yours; (4) put things back where you found them; and (5) be aware of wonder.
Just because we had an inclement, snowy winter (or perhaps even spring), remember that climate change means just that — freaky weather that is out of the ordinary. Do we really need definitive proof that the increase in temps are man-made to change our behavior?
You don’t need to install solar panels or drive an electric car to make a difference. Whether you decide to volunteer to plant trees, or simply make an extra effort to recycle newspapers and aluminum cans, every little step adds up.
Some endangered species have been dwindling, but others have re-bounded in recent years. That, in itself, is worth celebrating. Along with the tireless efforts of people and organizations that work to protect eco-systems and habitat and go after poachers that threaten recovery.
Enactment of environmental laws helps ensure that natural treasures will be preserved for decades and future generations to enjoy. What if the National Park system was not established? How often do you visit or enjoy State Parks? Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to reflect on your favorite excursions and camping grounds.
How about a change from “selfish” to “selfless”? Thinking about the greater needs of humanity in general – from water to shelter to natural resources – feels better than just using what you need without reflection or thought. Why not reduce your water consumption, eat vegetarian one day a week, or take steps to reduce junk mail? All of these steps will result in time and money savings to you. The added “feel-good” factor is a nice bonus.
How is your life better on Earth Day 2010 than it was a year ago? What changes are you willing to make today, or in the weeks and months ahead?
How ever you mark the occasion, consider why you should celebrate Earth Day every day!