I remember the first Earth Day, in 1970. I was a senior in high school, and we had an assembly outdoors. People talked about things we could do to be more aware of the environment and lessen our ecological footprint. A lot of us rode our bicycles to school that day (and as often as we could for the rest of the year). I went around turning off lights, and drove my mother crazy by insisting we not use the electric can opener any more. 🙂
We’ve come a long way since then, with curb side recycling and the banning of some of the worst herbicides and pesticides. In California the smog is nowhere near as bad as it was in 1963. People are more aware of eating organic, and growing their own food. But I worry we have not come far enough. There are people who don’t believe global warming is real, and most businesses are so focused on their profit that they ignore what the process may be doing to the planet.
I really wanted to leave this world in better shape for my grandkids. The Earth will go on without us, even if we succeed in making it uninhabitable for human life.
We depend on the Earth — please treat her with the love and respect she deserves. Namaste.