Earth day is every day, but not really because the celebration is supposed to be about the Vernal Equinox.
This whole Earth Day thing got me thinking about the subject of “ecology” a word nobody seems to use anymore. So, what is everyone waiting for? Certainly not more proof of global warming or that humans have made a total mess of things. How many ways can you say the ostrich buried its head in the sand? Reminds me of Congress – you end up with a bunch of burnt ostrich booty and this shit is getting old.
Germany, Spain, and Japan are way ahead of the US when it comes to using solar power.
One of the worst contributors to global suffering is air travel. Why are we not creating new ways of travel? Replace the old worn out systems with new technology. We use too much of the earth’s precious resources with coal and natural gas.
A simple Google search will tell you about all the things you can do to help the planet from ethanol, electric cars, green car dealerships, earth friendly hotels, sustainable farming and gardening, healthy skin care products, and how to “eco pimp your house.” Nowadays to get attention you have to use stupid words like “pimp” and “whore” but hey, language trends go along with some strange shock value territory that makes no sense to me, but I’m saving the word analysis for another blog post.
You can invest in ecotourism, earth friendly building materials, buy green clothing, and even do a green wedding.
It’s so funny that people consider wind power to be new technology. Is it just me or didn’t most farms have windmills when you were a kid? Wind power is nothing new.
We knew about global warming back in the sixties and seventies, my friends! Call us what you will, but poor folks, along with your garden variety “hippie” back to the land types always made and used “alternative energy.” We lived off the grid and many of us still do. Many Native Americans, the original Earth Day people, still live without amenities and clean water because they are forced into these heartbreaking conditions.
We made our own soap. Contrary to popular belief, most folks I knew used it. We had food coops, built electric cars, used solar ovens, installed solar panels, grew our own food and carpooled. We made our own….everything. Necessity is the mother of invention.
Heck, poor folks be carpoolin’ all the time. How many ______ can you fit into one car? Fill in the blank. Only Anglos will have to scratch their heads on this one. Or, quite possibly, I didn’t get my point across.
Back to Earth Day. When I was kid, words like “sustainability” weren’t mainstream. The top science news stories in 1953, the year I was born, was the shake-up discovery of DNA. We had to hide under our desks in elementary school during drills because we were in the throes of the Cold War. In the early ‘50’s, Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea was published. Eleven years later Rachel Carson authored Silent Spring a landmark testimony for environmentalism exposing the devastating effects of DDT. In 1953 life expectancy was 68.8 and the population of the US was 160,184, 192. Now the life expectancy of the average American is around 86, depending on which site you research. Are we advancing at all?
When I thought about writing something for Earth Day, I wondered, don’t people know all this stuff already? Doesn’t everybody recycle and consider making the switch to hybrid or electric cars? I don’t want to explain it nicely right now. Everyone should already know this stuff. Oh, you want to pay more for gas? You like big oil?
Confession: Even though I drive a hybrid car and have converted over to solar power, I still feel like I should be doing more to contribute to the health of the planet. Plastic bags that enter our household do end up being taken back to the grocery store. We’re trying. Going green can be expensive at the gate, but it’s doable with small steps.
Some of the worst challenges we have right now are GMO foods, fracking, and chemical contamination. Add to the list the extinction of plants and animals, strange new illnesses and the horrible effects of nuclear disasters.
Does caring for the planet really come down to money? I would say it comes back around to money and where you decide to spend or not spend. Every dollar is a vote. I know where I stand. Environmentalism takes commitment, compassion, and cojones.
Make the statement with a lifestyle choice. Otherwise folks just be like that old ostrich with its booty stuck in the air, going “duhh, what’s up doc? We don’t have fresh water. We can’t breathe. These gas prices are killin’ us. We don’t have jobs, they are all outsourced.”
I say Native Americans, the Amish, and we back – to -nature types were right. Some of us never stopped doing the right thing.
So, take back your power and make your own. The President does.
And, happy journaling!