I am not a fan of Earth Day.
I feel the same way about Earth Day that I do about Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
Why do we need to set aside a specific date? Tell your loved ones you love them, every day. Do something to show Mom ( and Dad!) you appreciate her, every day. Take care of your earth, every day.
Don’t wait until the “day” arrives and then perform a token action, buy a token thing, and then pat yourself on the back for being such a good spouse, good son or daughter, good environmentalist.
Earth Day has become what these other days have become- an opportunity for someone to sell you something. Today I received six different emails letting me know what items I can buy to help me sustain my green lifestyle. Every magazine out there has articles about how to “go green”, full of products I didn’t even know existed, that quite apparently I need to seal my status as a good hippie. That’s presumably after I’ve already broken down and paid for the magazine itself, of course.
Yes, of course I am guilty of purchasing things to help us go greener. There are lots of great products that I love, use every day, and will recommend some other time. And I do try to wield my consumer dollar responsibly. But I feel that at some point, the focus shifted from saving the earth to how to be a green consumer– am I the only one who feels this way?
That being said, I do appreciate that Earth Day is a good opportunity for promoting awareness. Perhaps it also acts as a motivational tool for some people to become involved that otherwise would not; much like a eco-conscious New Year’s resolution.
But truly, every day is Earth Day.
Every day, with every action, every purchase, every deed, we should strive to make our earth a better place. Really, I feel silly even pointing out something so basic.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Now go outside and take a moment to really see and appreciate our earth. Take pictures and send them to me.
While you’re at it, tell someone you love them, just because.
Call your mama just to say hey.
And then reflect upon how lucky you are: