Today is Earth Day!
I have no idea what that actually means.
Since it feels like it should be important, I figured I should know why. Honestly, it was nice to take a break from studying for exams and frantically painting more
ugly watercolor paintings to research this.
First up, then, is a little history:
“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.” –Earth Day Network, EarthDay.org
OK, now I just feel dumb. This has been going on since 1970? I swear I’ve only heard about it for like 2 years maybe. Well, alright, there might’ve been a few times in school when some science teacher mentioned Earth Day and had us plant something or whatever. I don’t remember discussing it, though.
And those Acts look really important! I mean, I want clean air and water and for animals to live. The environment is important to me. I recycle and… sometimes I walk over to visit people instead of driving and… now and then I remember to unplug unused electronics and… Uh…
Yeah, so I’m a bad Earthling.
So lets say I want to get better about that, what can I do?
- Donate to causes that support the environment
- Participate in causes that support the environment
- Buy “green” stuff to make me and my house more “green”
- Plant things that will make the environment prettier
- Spend time with family while outside in the actual environment
There were also some things that I’m just not doing despite how it might actually help the environment. For one, I’m not giving up being an occasional carnivore. I’m not sorry about it either. I like animals and some of them do have really cute faces, but I also want to eat them.
(Resist the gay jokes please. We all know I eat that particular meat ;) )
I’m also not so sure about some of those “green” things I can buy to improve me and my home. I’ll use the curly-cue lightbulbs, despite some of them taking forever to actually light up, because they really do seem to last longer. I filter the tap water I plan to drink too, so I’ll buy that stuff, but I am NOT relying on fans when summer arrives and it’s 90°F with enough humidity to sweat just from sitting still. I won’t die, but I’ll whine and moan so much people will wish I’d expire already, so my comfort there is important to the longevity of my life. I will make sure the air conditioner is environmentally-friendly while it keeps me cool, of course.
Oh and our lube must be biodegradable. That’s important when washing it off because all drains lead to the ocean, you know. I saw Finding Nemo, andDisney wouldn’t lie. Also I don’t want my sexy fun time to harm that poor tuna I may want to eat someday.
Looks like I’ll do the hanging with family outside thing. Assuming it’s warm enough and doesn’t rain on us, of course. We might even grill something that use to have a face too! :D
Are you doing anything special today?
Happy Earth Day!
- Earth Day: What color are you? (urbannugget.com)
- 8 Gorgeous Nature Blogs for Earth Day (en.blog.wordpress.com)
- Earth Day 2012: It’s getting weird in here (grist.org)
- You’re too smart to fall for Earth Day hype (celebrategreen.net)
- Earth Day Thoughts and Quotes (autumnsunshineandgabrielleangel.wordpress.com)
- What is Earth Day Now? (aaanet.org)
- Ready for Earth Day? (twitchy.com)
- Our universe revolves around the earth… (joinmygreenjourney.wordpress.com)