Earth is more than 4 billion years old. Its precise combination of air, water and soil gives us life. There’s only one Earth in the entire universe: that alone should be reason enough to take a day to appreciate what we have.
On April 22, 1970 Earth Day was celebrated for the first time. According to Wikipedia, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson designed this special day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It started out of concern for the health of our natural resources on a college campus, and went worldwide by 1990. Today it is celebrated by virtually every nation on the planet.
While Earth may seem vast, powerful and eternal, it is only a mere speck in the scheme of things. We are at its mercy, yet we are taking it for all it is worth. It can sustain a reasonable population of living things if it is not destroyed in the process.
Whether we like it or not, we are the custodians of this planet. It is our job to treat Earth with respect so it continues to give us what we need. Lately, however, we have been getting more than our share of catastrophes, from blizzards and floods to earthquakes and volcanoes. Is Earth trying to tell us something? Perhaps.
It’s time for us to start listening. Just a few of us here and there who care can’t do it alone. All of us need to think about our actions on a daily basis. After all, there is only one Earth and we’re on it. We’re part of it, and, it is what we make it into.
There are many ways to celebrate our planet. You could start by enjoying one of several local events or by watching a movie, such as the new DisneyNature film Oceans. If you view it at Silverspot Cinema in Naples before May 15, $1 of every ticket sold will be donated to the Friends of Rookery Bay.
You can treat every day like earth day by protecting our precious resources. Just being conscious of how much water we use, the kinds of cars we choose to drive, and the way we heat and cool our homes can make a difference. If we all start making efforts to be resourceful instead of wasteful, we may be able to keep our planet the way we like it, for good.