Earth Day Will Make You Pay Homage To Nature
Earth Day, a reminder to Earth’s inhabitants to nurture and be kind to Mother Nature, tells us that we have a long way to go. For too long, human beings have paraded the planet with a sense of authority and ownership over the environment, destroying its aesthetic beauty and damaging its internal harmony. Nearing its 50 year anniversary, the first Earth Day contributed to the progress we see today in our air quality, water purity, and appreciation for our planet.
Activists and Courageous Politicians
Millions of them steered the U.S. in the right direction. With the passage of the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, we saw public opinion turn into serious public policy. Today, over 50 years since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, billions unite in the fight against the utter destruction of our sanctuary: Earth.
We’ve come a long way, but as any movement for justice, there is much to be accomplished. We are equipped with the manpower. Just this past September, legions of activists swarmed New York City streets to say enough is enough. Their voices attracted former Vice President Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has committed the city to an 80 percent greenhouse gas reduction by 2050. An estimated 311,000 people participated in the People’s Climate March.
Protests and Grassroots Movements
They remind us that the world is rife with like-minded, justice-oriented citizens — citizens of the world. We must continue this call to action, voicing concerns about hydraulic fracking, air pollution, land pollution, continued use of chemicals harmful both to the environment and living beings, issues that all contribute to the mounting reality that is global climate change.
Climate change, no longer just a threat, is upon us worsening with every step backward. We need to implement tried and true sustainable practices, and make it easier for ordinary people to make real change with their daily habits. We have indeed made great progress, and with the future of humanity depending on it, we need make haste.