Celebrating Earth Day (April 22nd)

By Hannah Haynes for SUST 210 online

What does Earth Day mean to you? To most of the population, unfortunately, it means nothing. Yet on April 22nd, 2012, we have the opportunity to give back to our beautiful, forgiving Earth.

Earthday.org is a fascinating website that is built to campaign for more green and sustainable solutions. In an article, “Green Economy,” we learn how the Earth Day Network supports “local, state and federal policies that will enable the shift, including renewable energy standards, increased funding for clean technology research and development and incentives to create green jobs.”

We have to do more than just riding our bikes instead of driving around town, recycling, or using composters. We need legislation to emerge that will require certain environmental protection standards to be met, in order to save this Earth.

We have so much in this world — new technology developing at catastrophic speeds that we can’t even keep up, brilliant minds being born everyday — yet not one person has been able to develop a political-economic system that is truly green.

This Earth Day I ask you to do something special for our beautiful planet, and give back. We have lots of local opportunities available to participate in on Earth Day if you choose to. One that I am familiar with takes place in Barrington Illinois at the Crabtree Nature Center. There they teach young and old tricks to keeping our earth a safe place to live. For more information please visit www.oakleesguide.com or http://www.earthday.org/2012. After all, it’s the least we can do.

Submitted 13 April 2012

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