Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!



When I was a kid, there was no environmental movement to speak of. There was very little awareness or consideration of what the exploitation of our global resources might lead to. Everything seemed to be such a long ways away, and it appeared that there would always be plenty to go around.
The world has gotten a lot smaller since then. More "right sized," in fact. More and more of us, all the time, are becoming aware of the real circumstances we're generating; the way our combined consciousness is shaping the conditions we see around us on our little planet. Our little planet that's everything to us. Now we can recognize that just actually doing something about it – even if it's just the little we can do – makes much more sense than publicly complaining about it.
So how's about today let's everybody start by taking the original Outdoor Life Conservation Pledge, (adapted for global application)? Raise your right hand, Global Earth Scouts, and repeat after me:
I give my pledge as a [an American] Human Being to save & faithfully to defend from waste the natural resources of my [country] planet - its air, soil, and minerals, its forests, waters & wildlife.
Now, all we gotta do is do something about it, big or small, do something about it – today, and everyday, if at all possible.
Here's the link to an excellent American Experience documentary, all about how the environmental movement came to be:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/earthdays/player/
And some good action agencies: The National Resources Defense Council; Environmental Action; World Wildlife Fund...
Thanks, and Happy Earth Day everybody!

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