50 Years of Earth Day

Earth Day has always been one of my favorite days of the year! It also really helps that my birthday falls on it, so when I finally decided to pull the trigger on launching this blog, April 22nd made the most sense. This Earth Day is incredibly unique, however. April 22nd of 2020 marks 50 years of formally celebrating the Earth, and all her natural beauty. It’s also special because amidst a global pandemic, the Earth seems to be getting the better end of the bargain. With people staying in, pollution is down, waterways are becoming cleaner, animal breeding and migratory patterns are changing. It’s wild! So maybe, this Earth Day really is different…

Earth day got it’s start on April 22nd, 1970 as part of an initiative to firmly cement environmental issues on the political map in the US. 20 million people gathered across the country to show their love of the planet they call home, and the need to preserve her innate wonder. This became a global phenomenon. It’s ironic that exactly 50 years later, we may be celebrating our most important Earth Day yet, (besides 1988, of course).

Circa 1970 – 1st Earth Day. Denver, CO

We’ve all made changes to our lifestyles to account for COVID-19. But other than masks and purge-like grocery store runs, I’ve noticed people making subtle changes to their routines. People are out walking and riding bikes more. There is less traffic. Less rushing. Less busy-body. So what if, hear me out, we can keep some of this positivity as we move forward! Obviously, there is less bustle, because there is less work, which is frightening for many people across the globe. But when we look back on the events that took place during this crisis, do we want to say we did these things out of necessity, or is it possible to maybe evolve our routines for the future, as we learn from the happenings of the present? Let’s ride our bikes to work occasionally. Let’s go for that evening walk, instead of using some sort of electricity at home. Let’s get that pollinator-friendly garden growing. As it turns out, a few subtle changes have the ability to drastically affect our planet! As said by the great Sir David Attenborough:

“The natural world is the greatest source of excitement. The greatest source of visual beauty. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”

This Earth Day, let’s keep living. And for the next 50 years to come, look back and remember that small decisions we made in 2020, had gigantic consequences, and as tenants on this planet that our grandchildren, and there grandchildren won’t have to continue paying for our deposit. Happy 50 years of Earth Day!

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