For the first time in a long time, I will not be spending Earth Day outside. Because of work, I won’t be committing April 22nd to a day of service for our planet.
I am hoping to find some time off soon to commit to outdoor clean up and enjoyment, but my current situation has put me in a funk. It’s the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, and if I were in high school, I’d be celebrating with Earth Club, actively focusing on outreach and advocacy. We’d be holding recycling drives and tree plantings. We’d host Bike to School Day. I would really be making an active change.
But spreading the word one day or one week out of the year will not even scratch the surface of the work we must do to stop the escalation of climate change. Turning my lights off when I leave the house a couple times is not going to stop the drought or our dependence on fossil fuels. And recycling my pizza boxes is not going to stop the global warming deniers from restricting funds (and even how we speak) to push politics instead of the health of our planet.
So on Earth Day 2015, I am choosing to recommit myself to the fight against global warming. I am pledging to make active and purposeful strides in my every day life to rely less on the material and disposable, and more on the natural and renewable.
I pledge to truly make every day Earth Day.
I hope you will join me.
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, when 20 million people took to their local streets and parks to support a sustainable environment in nationwide protests. College students, farmers, hippies, business people, Republicans, Democrats, the poor, celebrities — people from all walks of life were connected by their commitment to the planet we all share.
45 years later, strides have been made. But we can do so much more.
Commit to a year in which every day is Earth Day. It’s our turn to lead.
If you would like to know what you can do in your daily life to reduce global warming, check out our recently updated 8 Real Ways We Can All Prevent Climate Change.