April 22 comes but one time a year. Renown as Earth Day, the date is marked as a time to refocus mankind’s efforts on protecting the environment. Setting aside a day to reflect on such endeavors makes sense, but it needn’t be so short-lived.
For many of the individuals and organizations who have devoted much of their time and resources to the environment’s preservation, the idea of setting aside one day of advocacy and direct action may seem ridiculous. For these passionate eco-warriors, the earth is deserving of such attention and consideration every day. In their estimation, society’s failure to acknowledge and correct the planet’s environmental challenges spells disaster for us all. While this view may remain hotly contested, there is no getting around the fact that this planet is a finite resource.
Whereas in the past the habit may have been to rush headlong into a promising project, trial and error — as well as lawsuits — has taught us as a nation that precautionary measures are not to be ignored. We now find ourselves trying to find the right balance between development and progress on one hand, and environmental conservation on the other.
Yet, these particular goals are hardly mutually exclusive. The creative forces behind both efforts have and will continue to collaborate to create “smart growth” and sustainable models of development.
At the individual level, much can be done to help protect the environment. Whether it’s something commonplace as the proper discarding of a cigarette butt or litter, it helps. This might also include the installation of insulation that would make a home more energy-efficient during the winter and summer.
The point of Earth Day is to get each and every one of us to take some type of action that is of benefit to the planet. After all, there is nothing wrong with wanting to leave the planet in a condition that generations to come can enjoy and appreciate.
THE ISSUE: Earth Day
WE SAY: Every day is Earth Day.
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