Posted on Earth Day Network (earthday.org) regarding this annual celebration: The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
In order to show we are good stewards of the earth, there are countless things we can do to protect this amazing planet that we live on. All too often, our carelessness and recklessness creates countless hazards to the environment, animals and people. Even if it seems like there is no harm being done, it is. We must be cognizant and responsible about making sure we stop the abuse to an environment that we count on to take care of us.
Every now and then I have to play this song I love by Michael Jackson called “Earth Song.” The video is a little graphic, but is a very real emotional storyboard about how we are destroying our planet through acts of neglect, abuse, carelessness and even for the sake of what we call progress. Echoing the words of the King of Pop, “If we don’t do something about it right now, in this present moment, it’s going to be too late.”
We are witnessing the repercussions from how we have intentionally or unintentionally tormented this earth. I feel the natural disasters as we call them – earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes and tsunamis will only worsen. There’s only but so much torment we can do to this planet before it really turns on us.
Don’t just celebrate this Earth Day…do something to protect and serve it.