Kids these days are worried about the state of our planet. They aren't at all sure that there will be enough clean water, for example. Climate change is a daunting issue, but we can each do our part. Many small acts can make a big difference. April 22nd is Earth Day. It's a day about awareness and appreciation of Earth and its resources; a day to celebrate our beautiful planet, enjoy nature, and make a conscious effort to help protect our environment.
There’s no place like home, and Earth is home for all of us. Today, let's reflect on Earth’s inspiring wonders, from the forests to the coasts, the cold arctic and the hot desert, the islands and the vast oceans and rivers. I'm passionate about our national parks and try to get to at least one per year. They are treasures to be protected.
In its early years, Earth Day was little celebrated and little noticed. Now, it is a worldwide event that reminds us to look at the way we live and to live sustainably. There are many ways we can become better stewards of the Earth. We can recycle hazardous materials. We can shop at markets and other local stores that sell organic produce, natural groceries, and green products. We can subscribe to local CSA groups where your produce is grown locally, which reduces transportation and keeps money in the hands of your own community. We can support companies that defend (rather than destroy) habitats and clean up our communities. Earth Day has led people to plant trees, bike to work, restore wildlife habitats, eat locally grown foods, and make cities greener.
This Earth Day, let’s all consider what we can do to help sustain our planet and be good stewards of our world, for ourselves and our kids. Even the smallest actions can add up to big results if everyone does their part. I hope Earth Day inspires you to make a difference, and I hope you will join me in making sustainable choices that help make our lives healthier.