It has been 43 years since the start of Earth Day. 43 years of the world banding together to work towards reducing pollutants and rebuilding the natural world that we so often take for granted. It's hard to believe that many have been fighting for cleaner living and it still seems to be a struggle to gain large support in the matter. Every day I walk outside and there is trash in the streets. The smell of manure from industrial farming lurks in the evening air. I can't even see all of the stars in the sky because of light pollution. There are constant struggles to fight off mining, drilling, and dam building.
I am not trying to point fingers, I am also to blame, we all are. No matter how lightly we live, all of us leave a trace. But today, take the time to reanalyze your life style. Instead of buying styrofoam, maybe buy recyclable plastic (and of course recycle it.) Or maybe use reusable bags on your shopping trip this week. Open your curtains instead of flipping the light switch. Even the smallest steps, if taken continuously and consciously, can evolve in to great leaps.
Here's to one more year of being aware, now go hug a tree because Momma Earth is pretty damn awesome.