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A ground level view of Earth Day …

Today is Earth Day. There’s been a lot of lofty observations and proclamations – all worthy and good – but I’d rather keep my focus at the ground level.

To be sure, the good earth is under attack on many fronts. We suck it dry of fossil fuels and then bemoan the harmful byproducts of that consumption and the resultant global warming and pollution. We totally mismanage/ration our dwindling supplies of fresh water and food. We have not only climate change deniers but in their shortsightedness they tend to support a hyper-politicized business-first, environment-be-damned stance, a position they adopt at our collective peril.

Helping the earth - at least from my jaded, local perspective - requires one step at a time.

Helping the earth – at least from my jaded, local perspective – requires one step at a time.

Then there is the disgusting waste of resources that we strew about as so much garbage. Litter is a worldwide phenomenon that has both visual and squandering of resources consequences. It contributes to our environmental ruination, yet as much as I whine about it, it remains well down the pecking order of importance. What it amounts to is a slow death by a thousand objects we blindly toss aside: McDonalds boxes, plastic water bottles, Bud Light cans, polystyrene products and drinking straws. All of those are just the tip of the trash/refuse iceberg.

So I am all in on all Earth Day discussions that will tip the scales in terms of environmental balance and protectionism. In a bit I’ll lace up my walking shoes and hit the streets, garbage collection bag in hand. It’s the street level view of one of those admonitions you hear so often these days: Think globally, act locally.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I was a writer by trade so one would think letters would come easily for me. It is so now, but wasn't always that way. Indeed, the first letter was written the Monday after Ellen started her freshman year in college. For years I've wondered - with no good answers - why I swiveled my office chair toward my computer screen to fire up a word processing document for that first letter. I just don't know. I just did. Perhaps it was the angst of separation or wanting to say things that had gone unsaid at that moment when we parted ways in front of her college dormitory. What was a one-off became habitual. When her brother Reid enrolled in the same college, his name was added to the salutation line. They were kids then and are adults now. No matter. The letter writing habit remains so today. I live in Brevard, North Carolina. I'm well away from where they live and don't see them nearly as often as I'd like. That's why letters, at least to me, fill the void of distance. The pages give me something to say and the space to say it. There is no assurance they read the letters; indeed, I have never asked if they do so. With the pace of their busy lives who could blame them for letting a letter sit unopened? Over time, it has dawned on me that the letters are both communicative - and cathartic. By nature, letters are about the writer; the writer can only write about their situation. Perhaps that is as it should be. It's all about the here and now from one person's perspective.

1 Comment on A ground level view of Earth Day …

  1. Dear Dave,

    Thanks so much. You are a good guy doing good work, and the earth benefits.

    Kathy Bell, Charlotte, NC

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