Happy Earth Day 2

Here ‘tiz, coming up on 40 years later. I remember being relatively unimpressed with Earth Day when I was an undergraduate and the Earth Day train was just getting started; I was aware of it, but I was distracted by some other matters that seemed more pressing to me at the time. It seemed a bit like a silly hippie thang: With all that “love your mother” (echoing “mother earth”), it was a sorta-right idea but slightly pretentious and a bit unnecessary. Still, it’s persisted low these many years, and I’ve grown wiser and more enthusiastic in my support of recognizing the importance of Earth to us all.

Earth Day is a name used for two different observances, both held annually during spring in the northern hemisphere, and autumn in the southern hemisphere. These are intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. The United Nations celebrates Earth Day, which was founded by John McConnell in 1969, each year on the March equinox, while a global observance originated by Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, and since January 1970 also called Earth Day, is celebrated in many countries each year on April 22, including America

It appears that it’s no longer a matter of thinking about the longer term. This being the only Earth we people have, we need to be good stewards of it. It’s good to have this reminder. We have the science and technology to do a lot to make our space ship safe. We need the political will to do so.

Link to the coordinating site for Earth Day events. The quotation is from the Wikipedia entry (as of 16 April 2008).

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