It’s Our Turn to Lead

Mackie
04/21/2015

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.

Celebrate-EarthDay-484x600_2968cee9-72fe-4bd8-899e-e9db79b2f811But 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.

 


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2 Comments

  1. I was in high school in 1970 for the first Earth Day. Many of us spent the day cleaning up our community and planting flowers. In 1990, for the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, My best friend and I (who were teaching at the same school) did a month-long, all school project with our elementary students. At the time, we were both astonished that many of the things we were teaching in 1990 were the same things we had learned during the early ’70’s! Now, at the 45th Earth Day, guess what? We’re still talking about reducing, re-using, and recycling as though it is new and unique information! Why? Sure, there have been many advancements over the years with hybrid cars, biofuels, alternative energy sources, and more, but I work with educated, caring people who throw their soda cans, plastic bottles, and reams of paper in the trash every day! What are we teaching our children that will help them become conscientious, responsible citizens who care for our environment out of habit and purpose, rather than as a special day outdoors once a year? Creative and caring millennials need to find a way to make this happen, because something has gone wrong along the way. Climate change and other environmental problems are not things we can choose to “believe in” or not. We can’t choose to ignore what is happening right in front of us or to us. Everything the Good Millennial has written today has renewed my 45 year old purpose. Thank you!

    1. I loved reading your story! I too hope my generation can tackle the issues that have fallen through the cracks. Going Green isn’t just a fad — it’s a commitment to our planet.

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