John McConnell, the founder of Earth Day, stated that “Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure.”
Unfortunately, very few people around the world adhere to this. The saddest part is that much of the harm being done to the planet is the result of simple laziness, greed, and apathy on the part of too many people on the planet.
My simple Earth Day pledge is too personally stop being lazy, apathetic and greedy. The first think I am going to do is stop being apathetic. I will to the best of my ability make myself a subject matter expert on environmental issues. I will then work to share this information with as many people as I possibly can because there is nothing more powerful in this world then knowledge. I am going to stop being lazy and greedy and do the simple things I know I should do and just haven’t because I would rather spend the time and money on more selfish things.
A few things that I pledge to do in order to alleviate this are I am going to make sure all of my light bulbs are compact florescent. I am going to make sure that my house is as energy efficient as possible and there are not any leaks letting out heat. I am going to eat less fast food and spend the time and money on eating healthier foods. I am going to start biking to the gym rather than drive. I am going to head out to local nursery and buy trees to plant. None of these actions even require that much sacrifice but the fact that I do not do them enough already is the epitome of the problems society is inflicting upon the planet.
My most important pledge to the earth this Earth Day is I am not going to just make a pledge. These tend to have about the same success rate as New Year’s resolutions, which mean they make for a nice thought but are never carried through on. As I sat down to write this essay I volunteered to join my local chapter of the Sierra Club. I also volunteered to take part in a program done in the spring by my town to clean up our local coast line. These are small steps but this Earth Day my pledge is going to result in taking concrete actions to make a difference. If everybody on the planet can start by making a dedicated effort to taking the small steps needed to save the planet just maybe it can lead to humanity tackling the difficult problems such as resource scarcity, global warming and the mass extinctions of so many diverse species.