The Inkslinger has written about environmental issues for over 20 years and is a freelance writer for some of America's most iconoclastic companies and non-profits. His true loves include nature, music of the Americana/rock and roll variety, interior design, books, old things, good stories, pagan rituals, and his wife of 24 years, with whom he lives in an undisclosed chemical-free rural Vermont location along with his teenage daughter and two infinitely hilarious Australian shepherds!
Earth Day arrives today, April 22nd, and while we all try to Protect Planet Home every day, an annual celebration like this reminds us to do even more. It's a chance to think about why our actions matter, and to rediscover our mission. Then we can feel really great about the work we do to protect the biosphere. Because for ourselves and for our families, we all need to treasure nature's oxygen and water, its rains and sun, its soils and seeds and beasts and bacterium. And Earth Day gives us the opportunity to remember that and to renew our commitment to the ecosystems that sustain us. If there is a task of greater sanctity, I do not know it. So let's pause on Earth Day, even if it's for just a moment or two, to pay our respects and revitalize our purposes. Then let's go back into the world and make a difference in ways both great and small. For example, did you know that Seventh Generation donates 10% of its profits to causes that help sustain women and families? We do so because we should and we must. There are many other ways to create a sustainable world, and we each have our own part to play. Earth Day simply reminds us why we need to keep playing it. Happy Earth Day! photo: Bruce Irving