Earth Day 2017: Give Earth a Hand

“Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”
—Walt Whitman

Today is Earth Day. Please take the time to celebrate it in some way. Whether you are someone like me who works hard to educate people so they know how to combat global warming and climate change, or whether you’re someone who denies the problem even exists, this day is still for you. There will be some part of our planet that you care about but is threatened in some way, whether it’s clean air, fresh water, rainforests or oceans, there is something about our home that you love but may lose. So think about that and decide what you can do about it to give Earth a hand. At least today, if not every day.

After all, it’s the only Earth we’ve got.

 

Today is Earth Day

The official theme of Earth Day 2014 is Green Cities. The campaign focusses on helping cities all over the world to reduce their emission and become more sustainable. There are three key elements to making a difference—buildings, energy, and transportation. The campaign aims to help cities move more quickly toward a cleaner, healthier, and more economically viable future. How? Through improvements in efficiency, investments in renewable technology, and regulation reform.

This one minute video reminds us all about why it’s so important to consider what our planet’s future means to us today. Earth Day is but one day of the year. Consider our planet today.

Consider it every day.

Today is Earth Day

“One billion people in 175 countries will mark Earth Day. That puts tea parties in perspective, doesn’t it?”
—Greg Dworkin

Today is Earth Day. Make sure you remember to celebrate it. Whether you are someone like me who works hard to educate people so they know how to combat global warming and climate change, or whether you’re someone who denies the problem exists, this day is still for you. There will be some part of our planet that you care about but is threatened in some way. So think about that and decide what you can do about it.

After all, it’s the only Earth we’ve got.

Earth Day—Sunday, April 22

The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”
― Gaylord Nelson, principal founder of Earth Day

Earth Day first began on April 22, 1970. Forty-two years later, it still serves its purpose well: to promote awareness and appreciation of Earth’s natural environment. Although it originated in the United States, it is now celebrated in more than 175 countries around the world.

Less than a month ago, we celebrated Earth Hour. That event was designed to encourage everyone to turn off the lights for one hour in the name of conserving energy. Earth Day has a much broader mandate. Although it goes without saying that conserving energy is one way to show appreciation for the environment, there is much more to consider than simply minimizing energy wastage. The environment is our world. How we alter it will have a lasting impact and we can never forget that. As the Scottish-born American naturalist and author John Muir once said, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

I’d like you to consider what you’ll do to honour Earth Day. Think of it as our planet’s birthday. Will you give a significant gift, like putting your time and energy into something to help improve our planet in some way? Will you make a tiny gesture, because it’s really just the thought that counts? (For people that might work, but for the planet—not so much.) Or will you conveniently let it slip by without making any effort to do something about it?

In Canada, there are a number of events taking place. One example is at the Toronto Zoo, where they are hosting a Party for the Planet on both Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22, from 10-4 p.m. EDT. Reconnecting with our furry and feathered friends who share this planet with us is an excellent way to spend the day. You can find out about other ways Canada is addressing Earth Day here.

In the US Capitol of Washington, DC, there will be an event held on April 22nd from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT at the National Mall entitled “Mobilize the Earth.” In addition to musical entertainment, there will be speakers, celebrities, education and renewable energy demonstrations, all in the name of promoting awareness and change.

If you don’t live near Toronto or Washington, DC, I encourage you to explore what local happenings might be closer to home for you to consider. For myself, my family and I will be starting Sunday, April 22nd with a hike. Our backyard is 4.5 acres of untouched forest which then connects to Ministry of Natural Resources land. Other than a few foot paths that have been created in years past, it is mostly completely natural and a great way to appreciate the beauty of the environment.

Then, from 1-4 p.m. EDT, I will be doing an Earth Day book-signing for “Comprehending the Climate Crisis” at  the Chapters Bookstore in Barrie, Ontario. Although I hope to sell a few books, I care most about discussing environmental issues with the customers there, and encouraging them to think about ways to protect and preserve our world. Sadly, the environment is not as much of a renewable resource as many would like, and every time we harm our planet—whether in the atmosphere, the geoshpere, the hydrosphere, or the biosphere—we need to think about the repercussions.

I wish you all a happy and healthy Earth Day, both for you and for our planet. Please do what you can to make a difference.