As you know today is Earth Day. And I was thinking what does that really mean to me. The media tells us that it’s a day to appreciate all things in nature. To protect, preserve and honor our real home, not the one we actually buy furniture for.
So when I formulate my own thoughts about what that means, I conjure up, butterflies buzzing on honeysuckle or the Monarch butterflies making their annual migration from Canada to Mexico, beautiful baby white seals basking on volcanic rock, leaves falling gently from a tall tree onto a flowing random stream, unknown species in the rain-forests of Brazil making their way in the eco-system. When I do have these blissful visions, I tell my thought processes to find more efficient ways to live my life. Being conscientious to the needs of others, both fauna and flora, and future uprights that will walk the earth in similar fashion.
Did you know that Earth Day has been celebrated for over 40 years? I found this out when I went to The Nature Conservancy site. So this is what it said:
“Forty years after the first Earth Day, the world is in greater peril than ever. While climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, it also presents the greatest opportunity – an unprecedented opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the future. Earth Day 2010 can be a turning point to advance climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs. Earth Day Network is galvanizing millions who make personal commitments to sustainability. Earth Day 2010 is a pivotal opportunity for individuals, corporations and governments to join together and create a global green economy. Join the more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action for Earth Day.”
What are you doing differently today than you do every day? Anybody?
So in my attempt to “make a difference” I went ahead and took advantage of a really great deal. You see, Earth Day seems to be a marketing ploy for deals. “Hey come to the Cosmetic counter at XYZ company, and exchange your empty or unused facial wash bottle for one of our “found in Nature” product. Hmm, it was a good deal for me, I didn’t have to pay for it, it seems like I was recycling a bottle, and it gives me the chance to try something new at no cost to me. Bingo, I have the product here under the desk in my new “shopping bag” which by the way I received yesterday at the “Earth Day” Organic breakfast (which I enjoyed and very grateful for) in the lobby of our building. I didn’t just get one bag, oh no, I got 4 maybe 5, because they over estimated the amount of guests, and in our overabundance of not having enough are we really doing any good by celebrating this day with producing, consuming and manufacturing reminders and acknowledgements for this day of rescue?
Now that I’ve come to my senses, for the rest of the day, I will not buy any unnecessary products, produce any unnecessary waste, or consume any give-aways. Instead what I will do is send you all a meditative wish that costs zero, and is symbolic of Earth Day a Peaceful Earth, and this is what I wish for you all…
I actually recycled this article I wrote in 2010. Like I said, no waste, no worry.
Peace Out Earthlings
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