It’s Earth Day! Um, so what?

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 ActClean Water ActEndangered 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,

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!

13 thoughts on “It’s Earth Day! Um, so what?

  1. angel

    Sorry I’m late again posting. Can’t stop laghing now though with some of what yo wrote and of course Matty and Bradley just had to add to it LOL Anyway…it was raining here that day so didn’t get to be outside. I do recycle though and I try to buy bio degradable products as well lol
    Hope you and Jazz had lots of fun helping to save the enviornment!


  2. Mel

    I love earth day. I’m a giant, cloth shopping bag user, organic gardener, recycling hippy. lol I recently got into sewing and buy as much of my supplies as I can from second hand shops. (I also give back to the system as well.) Hey! You could totally donate your water colors. Could make some one really happy to own a Thorny Original before you got big! :P


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  5. Sammy

    Oh dear boy. First I must pick myself up off the floor where I landed from LMAO! It is raining today so no outdoor activities but like you and Jazz we do many things about the house to be more “green.”. I teach a whole recycling unit to my kindergarten every year and we take a field trip to the recycling center. Coolest field trip ever!! I have a huge appreciation for those workers who sort through our trash to pull out recyclable material!! I hope you and Jazz have a fun day and help save the environment a few times today by using that biodegradable lube!! :)


  6. Wow, Earth Day and I were born in the same year and I only became aware of it in college. Maybe it’s a college thing? In any event, what matters is that you ARE aware of environmental issues and I don’t think a special day changes that. We try to be environmentally conscious in our home. Our city has a recycling program, so we have three different trash cans: trash, recyclables, yard trimmings. We use CFL bulbs where possible, and I try to buy biodegradable cleaning products where possible (but you know, sometimes you just need to use some bleach).

    Other little tricks? Ask for paper instead of plastic bags at the store (or better yet get reusable bags), making sure you turn off the lights when you leave a room, only using your washing machine or dish washer when they’re full. If you can afford to buy organic products, great. If not, at least try to buy locally grown produce – it means that your food didn’t have to travel far to get to your store & that cuts down its carbon footprint.

    Alright, off my soap box. Have a great Earth Day!


  7. Matt

    Well, we checked out some of those links you gave and it seems there’s lots of waste and pollution involved in making clothes. Like chemicals they use to make the colors and the gasoline involved in transportion, etc. So we’re thinking about going nekkid so we can do our part to save the earth. :D


    1. Susan

      I think it’s wonderful, Matt, that you and Brad are this environmentally conscientious, and so willing to do your bit on Earth Day! :)


  8. Shell H

    *chuckling*. You’re hysterical, Thorny! Um, Happy Earth Day! Plant a tree, compost, have fun with the lube, all that!

    Psst…I’m convinced 99% of the population paint ugly with watercolor. Worst paint ever! IMHO, of course.


  9. *gigglesnorts* You crack me up! Have a great Earth Day! Grill some veggies alongside the used to have a face and it’ll balance everything out! *nods* That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


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