Earth Day 2019: A good time to start giving the planet extra care
SAN DIEGO: The first Earth Day occurred on April 22, 1970. Taking care of our one and only Earth is something that should occur on a daily basis. Earth Day should be the first day you do more to give Mother Earth a little tender loving care.
What was notable about the first Earth Day was that it brought millions of Americans together in one resounding voice supporting a great cause, regardless of political affiliation, background, age, social status, education and the like. It is estimated that on that day in 1970, 20 million Americans flocked to the streets in a massive demonstration to raise awareness and demonstrate their grave concerns for the negative impact of the environment on Earth Day.
Earth Day and the Environmental Protection Agency
Founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day gave rise to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency. The massive public outcry that built from this point eventually led to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.
There has been great progress in cleaning up the environment since the first Earth Day. The air is now cleaner to breathe and freeways are less damaging to the atmosphere due to lower tailpipe emissions. Waterways are freerer of dangerous pollutants, foods are labeled with detailed information about their contents and household cleaning products are becoming progressively greener.
Being Earth Friendly is easier than ever.
In fact, today’s green technologies hold the promise for further lowering the toxicity caused by mass industrial production and transportation.
For Mother Earth, there is more to be done, but even with so many positive advancements in cleaning up the environment being put into place in the 48 years since that first Earth Day in 1970, serious questions still beg to be addressed.
Questions that need answers
Why is one out of every 68 children born with autism? Why are more boys suffering from the disease?
What is causing the increase in female breast cancer, which now affects a startling one out of every 8 women, including women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s?
With incidents of brain cancer on the rise across all age groups, are the newest personal technologies the underlying reason?
How is it possible that honeybee populations are continuously declining?
Why are bird migratory patterns ever-changing from previously established patterns?
Is human behavior and activity the major cause of global warming and undeniable climatic change?
Is it possible that environmental changes are an inevitable but predictable part of the evolutionary process?
While numerous medical- and health-related advancements are available in today’s society. They potentially lead to greater longevity and enhanced quality of life. Therefore, it is difficult to ignore the vast number of maladies that are not easily understood or explained, and possibly not as prevalent in prior decades.
It seems, somehow, that the natural order of life on Earth is gradually becoming altered. As a result, animal species are going extinct at alarming rates, perhaps due at least in part to a reduction in suitable habitat. Our planet loses 56 acres of forest every minute.
Earth Day 2019 is just as important, if not more important than that original Earth Day back in 1970. Even after 49 years that have witnessed numerous improvements, many pressing environmental difficulties still threaten the environment that sustains us, leaving it highly compromised.
On this coming Earth Day, April 22, 2019, it is important to take stock of how miraculous all of life truly is.
Celebrate Earth Day with your family, friends, churches, synagogues, organizations and educational institutions and rise up with one voice in the spirit of gratefulness for the life we all too often take for granted.
Participate in fun and educational activities that draw attention to the issues currently facing our ever-damaged planet.
Celebrating Earth Day
For just this one day on Earth Day, choose to participate in one green activity. Plant a tree or go green by reducing your use of plastics. Ramp up your efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, eat less meat and discover ways reduce your ecological footprint.
In the days, weeks and months following Earth Day, choose to adopt a favorite green habit or action that contributes to the health and enrichment of the planet, while continuing to make a positive impact.
Things you need to know (from Giving Compass.org):
- Since the 1950s, around 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced worldwide.
- In some parts of the world, using plastic is already illegal.
- 73% of beach litter worldwide is plastic.
- A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute.
- Worldwide, about 2 million plastic bags are used every minute.
- 90% of plastic polluting our oceans is carried by just 10 rivers.
- Plastic is killing more than 1.1 million seabirds and animals every year.
- The average person eats 70,000 microplastics each year.
- The average time that a plastic bag is used for is … 12 minutes.
- Over the past 50 years, world plastic production has doubled.
Most of the ocean’s plastic comes from Asia (Five Asian Countries Dump More Plastic Into Oceans Than Anyone Else Combined: How You Can Help) but there are things you can do
- Eliminate single-use plastics.
- Use a re-fillable water bottle instead of bottled water.
- Ask hotel chains to use spa-style soap dispensers instead of small bottles of shampoo.
- Use cloth shopping bags.
- Pick up trash – when walking down the street, or across a parking lot, carry a trash bag and pick up plastic trash before it washes into the streams, lakes and oceans.
- Take Environmental Holidays – go to the beach and clean it up.
Man’s excessive use of natural resources
According to Earthday.org, humans consume the equivalent of 1.5 planets worth of resources every year. That alone is a lot to think about.
To learn how large an ecological footprint is being left behind by your own personal activities and choices, take the Ecological Footprint Quiz. Discovering the size of your ecological footprint may lead to individual improvements.
Therefore making the decision to lead a more green-centered life.
An Ode to Mother Earth
Let’s celebrate this incredible gift of life offered selflessly by Mother Earth, and embrace those changes which will provide a gift to her in return.
Listen to me…
Stop it! children
Don’t hurt me more and more
I beg your pardon
You are falling behind
Behind in the feelings of love and care
Rise, rise up and up
Still you have enough time….
Are you hearing my cries?
Oh! Son of mine
Help your brothers
Rivers, forests and nature
Save your brothers and sisters
Keep them away from your selfish manner.
Help trees to sway, rivers to flow
And birds to sing their sweet, lovely songs
Help them to live their life with freedom.
-Excerpted from Poetry on Nature, Poems about our planet.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!