Earth Day is a holiday that seems to always be under valued. My family has never really jumped at the opportunity to celebrate it. That includes me, of course. The more I think about the worse I feel about that. I’ve just never taken my love of planet Earth and put it into action. This time, this year, I plan on changing that. Planting a tree seems to be a popular choice for a lot of people and for good reason. A tree gives the Earth beauty, it gives it life, and it puts oxygen back into the environment which is, of course, vital to the survival of all life. However this has always sounded like a lot of work to me! Okay, it’s true. I am a lazy person sometimes. I am not the biggest fan of crawling around in the dirt and digging holes. Those actions are kind of necessary for the whole tree planting thing. So I’m going to do some things that are physically easy but are very important to the planet.
The first thing I am going to do is celebrate. The Earth is worth celebrating. It is the most amazing thing in the universe. A round, spinning planet that has all of the things necessary to support life, including a beautiful moon. I have gone many years without sitting and thinking about how amazing Earth is, and I have changed that a lot over the course of the last decade. Some of it is due to going to college and learning about it. Some of the appreciation is from sitting and having deep conversations about it. I’m going to take steps to show what I’ve learned.
I am going to drive as little as possible. I am going to take my daughter for long walks to teach her how to appreciate the Earth. I am going to recycle as often as I can. Plastic bottles that make it into my house will be used again and again until they fall apart and can’t be used anymore. Any plant or weed that sprouts into my yard will be allowed to stay there, no matter if they are hideous to the eye! These are the simple things that require almost no effort and can end up having a positive effect on the Earth. Someday the Sun will die and the Earth may perish, but we can help keep the Earth alive and vibrant until that day. I feel it is our duty as intelligent beings to know that we can make a change in our behavior to benefit the Earth. I plan on changing my ways and I hope I make it a habit.