Tomorrow is Earth Day, the idea of a Wisconsin senator, the late Gaylord Nelson, back in the Sixties. The first Earth Day took place in 1970, with some 20 million supporting its cause. Now 500 million are expected to celebrate this year’s event.
Hundreds of millions of people switched off their lights for Earth Hour last month.
This is all very encouraging, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Other statistics are anything but. Such as, since 1970, the Earth’s population has almost doubled, the share of arable land per person has almost halved and more than 160 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide have been released into the atmosphere (that’s more in the last 40 years than in the two hundred prior to 1970).
So, without wishing to get all preachy, please commit to doing at least one new ‘little something’ for the good of our planet, such as collecting rain water or not using the car at weekends – and get someone else to follow your lead.
I’d love to hear your suggestions for enhancing simple, sustainable living.
One thing I’m doing this year is growing my own vegetables, so tips and encouragement from the green-fingered would be especially welcome.
You might like to read what the Wilderness Society recommends for making a difference, tune in to Earth Day TV, write to your elected political representatives and e-mail Congress (because the successor to Kyoto should involve the USA, with the emphasis being put on protecting the climate, not corporate profits).
If you need inspiration, or just a stark reality check (yes, you can call it a guilt-trip, I know that I feel guilty), there are some shocking photographs of melting glaciers, dried-up riverbeds, mounds of dead fish and creeks filled with rubbish – here.
To take a line from Greenpeace, enough is enough.