Earth Day represents what many believe is the single most important cause of our time. If we're to successfully pass down our morals, ethics, and beliefs to the next generation, many believe that we need to teach ourselves how to protect our environment first. Without question, we've thus far failed in that task. And if we fail to protect our environment, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that the world as we know it is in danger and about to change irrevocably, then how can we expect our children and their children and their children's children to respect the values and principles that we've tried to teach them?
Earth Day began in 1970 in order to support the protection of our environment. Since then over 190 countries have banded together in support of the only home we know--earth. Earth Day USA eventually turned the idea into an annual event instead of the Earth Day that was originally celebrated only once a decade. Since then, the meaning of the day, the supporters of the concept, and knowledge have all grown by leaps and bounds.
Traditionally, Earth Day attracts many people to march in parades and successfully launch community events throughout the country. But is it enough? In the United States and many other countries abroad, very little is being done to actually curb carbon emissions or promote new methods of recycling in practice. While many companies, corporations, and even the government are actively researching and investing in new, more environmentally friendly, and cheaper fuels, many believe that it is too little, too late.
Although these technologies are forthcoming, the damage done won't be fully realized for decades after the fact, and many argue that the amount of investment into these technologies is disproportionate to our need for them. We need them now, and we won't have them for a while yet. And they won't be cheap enough to become widely used and internationally available for even longer after that.
Many use Earth Day as an opportunity to become more attuned to mother nature. In order to create a closer bond with our ancestors and the struggles that they went through in order to simply survive on a day to day basis, it's a great time to get outside, do some gardening, produce your own food, take a camping trip, and learn about the environment around you. Many businesses time advertisement cycles to coincide with Earth Day, so this is a great time to search for popular sports items or fishing and camping supplies.
Like all Earth Day supporters, we urge people to go out and learn about community events in your area, and take a larger role in order to protect our environment. If everyone contributes a little bit more, we'll get to where we need to be that much faster!