1970 started something…. The first Earth Day was not taken so seriously by the larger population of the world. Many viewed the gathering as another type of sixties love-in revival of hippies and flower-children.
Today, over 30 years later, these Earth Day celebrations and events are spearheaded by educated and very serious leaders as the sobering facts rapidly come forth concerning the way our population continues to trash our planet.
Though climate control subjects continue to be debatable and controversial and are often slanted politically, our ecology and the subject of our trash problems is acknowledged in every household as mandatory recycle bins and composting become common practices.
Just imagine if your job would be in the “Waste Reduction Specialist” field? How would that impact your choices, working around what to do with everyone’s trash day to day?
Meet Terra, “the Reuser” – she’s a waste Reduction Specialist” by day. By night, she blogs and focuses on “Reuse” as a key to our Planet’s Waste problems.
A job like Terra’s has sobering impact about what people choose to use and reuse vs. chucking a bunch of single use “disposable” stuff in the trash can. She really knows about what happens next to all that mounting trash and garbage!
There are many awesome people that lead volunteer groups to clean up litter on our beaches. They do it because it needs to be done. They do it to educate others about the impacts of leaving litter behind - and to set an example. These volunteers know that if we would all do our part - and just a little bit more, the litter problems our beaches (and planet) face would cease to exist.
You might want to send them a thank you for Earth Day!
Tim Silverwood, an avid Australian surfer had an idea as he looked around at mounting trash on beautiful beaches world-wide. If everyone took just 3 pieces of trash off of the beach, each time we visit the coastline, or parks or lakes…. Well you get the picture – visit “Take3.org” for more information.
Then there are those who actually study Marine Debris Science! Meet Ryan Cope - and read what she thinks about it all!
If Marine Debris was not a real problem for our environment, would there really be students going to college to study and learn about it?
Many are looking around at their everyday practices in the home and helping others to make changes toward sustainability by their own discoveries and examples. Lisa and Stephanie have some great ideas to share that may inspire you to be more eco, where it counts everyday - in our homes.
Many people make the misconception that our environment is just fine the way it is. That environmentalism is political and “the liberals” are making a big deal of nothing important. They pay no mind to their surroundings and the impact of their own trash habits.
Information points otherwise and looking around for information might be a good start to finding answers and forming opinions.
For Earth Day, you might want to educate yourself – think about what matters, trust your head and your gut while gathering your own informaiton and forming your own opinions.
Be inspired by Beth Terry’s journey toward plastic free living.
Or, be saddened by what our ignorance has caused:
Maybe, this Earth Day, you might even want to take action and take a pledge!
Can something as simple as a little straw change the way you think about all of your trash?
Please make sure you get your FREE GLASS STRAW from GlassDharma for Earth Day 2012 – you still have a few days left to enter their Earth Day contest and they will ship you a free straw just for entering! Seriously!
Happy Earth Day! And, all best as you Journey towards making better choices to support the place we all call “Home”.