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.
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.