Today celebrates the fortieth Earth Day. Often given short shrift as a hippie/vegan indulgence, Earth Day is important, and should be celebrated — as one does the Fourth of July or Yom Kippur — properly and thoughtfully.
It’s no exaggeration to say that nothing is more important than the Earth. We’d be SOL without it. We need to treat it with the respect, verging on veneration, it deserves. An holiday once a year in its honor is the least we can do.
We also need to stop treating our home like one giant paper plate. Over at the Clinton Foundation, they have an Earth Day page with four interactive links: 1) a climate quiz; 2) a climate change primer; 3) info on local efforts to combat climate change; and 4) a one-day Q & A forum hosted by Bill Clinton.
The quiz is typical Clinton ingenuity/synergy: for each person taking the quiz, $2 will be donated toward supplying the people of Haiti with solar flashlights. Not just today, but every day, the Clinton Foundation is engaged in concrete, pragmatic and eminently achievable efforts to stop climate change.
Preserving our Earth, our only home, is something we can do, and must start doing in earnest. Keep that in mind today.
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