Earth Day 2012

21 Apr

Well it’s finally here, Earth Day Weekend 2012! I woke up this morning to the sound of chirping birds and knew I couldn’t stay in bed one more minute. I had to rise and enjoy a beautiful spring day (and yes, it’s 5:30am). The birds singing in the early morning is one of the things I miss most during those long winter months, perhaps when I need them the most. They seem to inspire me to get up and get going instead of rolling over and hiding deeper under the covers. 

As I am writing, I wonder what about nature inspires you to get up and get moving? Is it the sounds of spring, or the urge to get out and get your hands dirty in the garden? Maybe you are eager to push away the dead leaves that are covering the new plants that are already peaking out of the ground. I get excited to see that too. The trees and bushes are beginning to bud and colour is appearing everywhere. It is beautiful just to stand and look around. 

In Hamilton, people will celebrate Earth Day in so many ways, with family, friends and community. There are organized clean ups and tree planting and rain barrel sales just to name a few events. Yesterday I know of schools and daycare centers that organized grounds clean up and celebrated new water refilling stations. That is exciting news! It is important to get everyone involved and caring for our earth, from the very young to the very old. We can all make a difference and every little bit helps.

Last night, as I was browsing online Earth Day articles, I read a post on Facebook about the amazing David Suzuki and his decision to step down from the Board of Directors for the David Suzuki Foundation. If you wish, you can read his open letter on the David Suzuki Foundation page.  I was saddened to understand that, in short, it was political and societal bullying that caused him to decide to remove himself from his life’s work and passion in order to protect it.  In order to allow him to openly share his knowledge and understanding about protecting the environment, he chose to make a change, and a difficult one it was. 

Isn’t that what Earth Day is really all about? It is a reminder to all of us that we need to make changes in our lifestyle and the daily decision we make that affect our earth, our environment. Sometimes those changes can be difficult and require sacrifice, commitment and courage, but they can have long lasting impact…for our children and our grandchildren. If nothing else, this weekend I challenge you to think about what changes you can make around home, or work or your local community centre that can positively impact our world, our city, our neighbourhood.

 I was recently at a showing of The Lorax, the wonderful story by Dr. Seuss. It is a fabulous and highly entertaining movie about “environment vs business” and I highly recommend you watch it, or pick up the book for an inspirational bed time read with the kids. I must applaud Dr. Seuss for such forward thinking when he wrote this story many years ago.  Also inspired by the story is the Lorax Project and I encourage you to check it out with your kids. I want to leave you with a few of my favorite quotes: 

“I am the Lorax and I’ll yell and I’ll shout for the fine things on earth that are on their way out!”

“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”


Happy Earth day my friends!  Celebrate the changes you will make for your life today and celebrate the earth around us that sustains us and brings us beauty and life.  Be inspired, and be the change needed today. Care a whole awful lot!


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