It is Earth Day today and there are plenty of events to mark the occasion.
For many who pay attention to the annual celebration, tomorrow — being Saturday — will be the day to attend community events about Earth Day. In doing so, they will help to move forward a tradition that has been effective in so many ways, large and small, to keep ordinary people aware and engaged as the urgency of taking care of our Planet becomes more clear with every year that passes.
Hooray for Earth Day!
Having said all that, many people who pay close attention of the plight of the Earth are questioning whether there’s any lasting value to holding an annual fete like this one, when humanity is neither ready nor willing to take the hard actions necessary to keep our Planet from becoming uninhabitable in the next ten generations.
Nevertheless, there are reasons to keep observing this Day. And it’s up to each one of us to make it worthwhile and effective. Listening to another presentation about green living and then chowing down on some tasty vegan fare won’t do a whole lot to take us where we need to go. To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with those things, of course.
Using the occasion to help us strengthen our resolve to keep raising awareness, holding elected officials to account and calling out the deniers and perpetual foot-draggers can be effective.
May Earth Day 2022 help us all to do that.
“Bulldog Ben” Basile
© 2022 Benjamin Lawrence Basile