Earth Day is now just over a month away and signs of this year’s celebration are beginning to build. I was in a business in Arlington, VA this past week and noticed a paper poster that looked like a child’s bright-colored painting of a bright green bush with the words “Earth Day 2009!” printed on it.
What does Earth Day bring? It’s a chance to remind everyone on the planet that this is where we all live and work. And that we have to share its resources and work together to make sure that it stays a healthy place to live and raise families.
Earth Day is our chance to stop focusing on the problems that we all face, dealing with the economic worries and the poor job climate and the mortage/market crises. It’s a day to put those aside and focus on being positive about our planet and our ability to work towards one goal for the good of all people. (I wish I could say it was a day off from the threat of terrorism and all violence, but I don’t think terrorists work like that.)
It’s also a day to stop, smell the roses, feel the grass under our feet and find the cleanest air we can to inhale. There will be demonstrations and gatherings all over the world this year. There will be people shouting their strong feelings and those quietly smiling as they enjoy watching cows graze along the side of a road somewhere. There will be words from our leaders and probably a few proposals put forward on this day.
But also let’s keep in mind that if just a few more of us decide to recycle and try to reduce their carbon footprint, the most important goal of Earth Day will have been achieved: to bring us together to protect and improve life here on this great green Earth.
We can be the Green Generation: a generation that really gets the effort underway to Greenify and to make the planet a better place for those to come.