Cherish and Foster — Happy Earth Day!

22 Apr

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”
– E.B. White

Image from Mother Nature Network.

Today is Earth Day. As far as holidays go, it’s a fairly new one at the sprite young age of 41. It’s not religious (though this year it does share April 22 with Good Friday) or patriotic, so banks aren’t closed and none of us get the day off. In school, we got to draw planets and talk about recycling, but as adults (or fake adults), we usually gloss over it.

I sincerely hope we can all break that habit today.

I am no hardcore Green Goddess. I drive by myself to work every day. I have been known to go above 68 in the winter and below 78 in the summer. I can’t rattle off climate change statistics, and I leave a light on for my dog most days.

But I do fancy myself an advocate of this fabulous planet we call home. I don’t believe in water bottles or styrofoam cups. (You wouldn’t either if you had my awesome collection of oversized mugs or my Pinkie Masters water/Diet Coke cup for the office.) I think recycling should be required by law. (Hey Canada!) And I think people who buy Hummers have corrupt souls.

And so, on this special day when we celebrate the Earth (as well as the day that Jesus offered himself so that we could continue to enjoy the Earth), I vow to do more.

To recycle every piece of paper and wine bottle and plastic grocery bag.

To walk — not drive — to the bars and Starbucks and maybe even yoga tomorrow morning.

To buy all of my friends filtering water bottles (Bobble: $10, made of sustainable, colorful awesomeness).

To vote for candidates willing to remove the $75 million liability cap for oil spills (Because a year and two days after the devastating BP spill that wrecked an already reeling Gulf Coast and, oh yeah, killed 11 people, this cap still stands, and deep-water, off-shore drilling is still commonplace.) and fight for the expanded use of alternate energy.

To unplug appliances.

To do more research on food and farmers and buy products that support sustainability.

To think more and do more and try more.

None of us can do it all. No single person is going to save this world from the vast and alarming damage we are collectively inflicting on it daily. But we can all do something. Even if it’s a little something.

Make a formal pledge. Or a personal one. Do one thing a day. Or one a week. Do whatever you can. Because just like we each have only one body, we have only one Earth.

And we should celebrate her every day.

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.”
– Wendell Berry

“The Earth is what we all have in common.”
– Wendell Berry

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