Inspirational quotes and motivational posters aside today…. it’s time to ACT on all those verses we love to frame and hang.
Today it’s time to “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Ghandi
We, as people have taken great strides in learning and even implementing various “green” ideas; from reducing household chemicals, using products like an energy-efficient washing machine (or as they’d say in The Netherlands, energiezuinige wasmachine), to the move to organic foods. We recycle, repurpose, compost and plant. We buy energy-efficient lightbulbs, appliances and have even made moves to more energy-efficient transportation.
But it’s not enough. It’s good, bordering on great – but still not enough.
Our kids will be the ones that will suffer from our negligence. Our negligence, or perhaps just plain apathy, will leave them with a shortage on natural resources, and increased prices on what remains. Their air will be contaminated and their food will be watered with acid rain. The ozone will continue to deplete and more and more will suffer from skin cancers. All cancers.
We want so much more for them than what could come if we don’t, collectively, step up our game.
This is from David Suzuki’s 2010 Earth Day speech:
“On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, it’s worth remembering that the environmental movement really began in 1962 when Rachel Carson published Silent Spring. When her book came out, there wasn’t a single department of the environment in any government on the planet. This popular movement has come a long way since then, and we now have a much better understanding of the breadth and magnitude of the environmental issues we’re facing.
Our challenge today is about action. It’s no longer just about picking up litter, recycling and protecting whales and seals. We are currently embroiled in an immense experiment that is compromising the very life-support systems of the planet and that will dictate the fate of our children and grandchildren. People know we are in an ecological crisis of unprecedented proportions. What is needed now is the will to marshal the immense creative forces to meet this challenge.” ~David Suzuki
It shouldn’t be about Earth Day. It’s Earth month, Earth year, Earth generation – so that our kids will have all that we have enjoyed. So that they will grow up strong, healthy and able to thrive economically. So that we, ourselves, will continue to have clean water to drink, fresh air to breathe, uncontaminated food and creatures to admire and share the planet with.
Take one step, take two – then add on until saving the planet becomes second nature.