Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lordy Lordy, Look Who's 40!

Earth Day Turns 40 Today! Can you believe that? The article mentions that Earth Day, although now global all began with a bunch of 20-somethings working in an office over a diner. At first the name didn't sit well with them, they thought it sounded too much like an event for farmers, but it grew on them, as Earth Day itself has grown on all of us.

I try to think of the Earth every day, and although I am by far not its most talented helper, I try to reduce damage and increase awareness when I can. Sure I know I should do more, we all should think of helping the planet we live on and more than just this one day a year. However, today at least do something wonderful for the planet in honor even if it is to stop littering, or if you can plant something maybe a tree. Every bit counts. Don't ever think you don't make a difference just because you are only one person. It all adds up.

Here are a few Earth Day Links to check out.

Earth Day Network

Ecological Footprint Quiz (what's your impact?)

Earth Day Crafts and Activities

Earth Day Events

Earth Day Quotes:
There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew." ~Marshall McLuhan, 1964

"Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth." ~Henry David Thoreau <-that one's a little funny eh?

"Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.
~Motto of the Baltimore Grotto, a caving society

"There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet." ~Brooke Medicine Eagle

"You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet." ~Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons, 1964

"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money." ~Cree Indian Proverb

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ~Margaret Mead

"I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours." ~Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

"What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" ~Henry David Thoreau

And finally I know many people are of the opinion that Earth Day is just a humorless event meant to make people feel bad about drinking bottled water and beating up seals, but over the years many late night comedians and sitcom writers have found funny ways to promote green living and make us laugh at the same time. So, Here Is A Video To Make You Laugh!!

After all we must find the humor in everything, else it just won't work.

Here's a big hug to the Earth and all of you from Me!! Love, AJ


furiousBall said...

40 years! i had no idea

Jay said...

Earth Day Shmerth Day. ahahaha ;-)~

Margo said...

how horrifying is it that I remember the first earth day? I'm glad they made those compact florescent lights better - that blue cast the first ones gave off made everyone look as if they were the unhealthy citizens of Pandora.

Furtheron said...

40! Honestly I thought it was a pretty new thing. Well there you go

BBC said...

I do the best I can at making everyday Earth Day, and I manage to leave a pretty light footprint. I didn't drive that day but then there's a lot of days I don't drive anywhere.

"Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth." ~Henry David Thoreau <-that one's a little funny eh?

Not really, he died before the monkeys started flying.

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