Azules Día de la TierraPosted: April 22, 2014 Filed under: Meditation, Yoga | Tags: blogging, Cheap Wine, compassion, cycling, Earth Day, exercise, fitness, free range, freshly pressed, friends, gluten free, happiness, health, hipster, life, love, lululemon, meditation, motivation, musings, natural, nature, Omaha, paleo, perspective, pilates, Power Yoga, running, trail running, Tuesday, whole foods, Winnie the Pooh, writing 4 Comments
It’s Earth day I wonder if we can plant more trees than people for a change?–
Big friggin’ deal! Its Earth Day! Awesome! It’s also the day after Monday! Who cares about Earth Day anyways …
Today is Earth Day, which means it’s time for our annual Earth Day social media blitz, lamenting about the benefits of “green living“. Whatever that may be. Drive a Prius, plant a tree, hug a butterfly, recycle coconut water bottles, think about how fitly you are, buy an Earth-friendly yoga mat, read green-themed blogs, chew on some kale, grow your own while you are at it, and lets not forget to change the old energy sapping – ozone layer killing light-bulbs, for “energy – efficient” ones, that will pay off their $$$ price twenty years down the road.
Don’t worry! Tomorrow is Wednesday, not Earth Day, and it’s back to business as usual.
Earth Day was once dedicated to organizing mass action to radically change public policy, largely inspired by the movement that brought an end to the American War in Vietnam. Today, “Earth Day” hype is almost entirely based on individual responsibility, and the “look at me I’m kissing a malnourished toad and planting heirloom tomatoes” crowd.
My question for Earth Day advocate(s) is this: Why should I – some poor dude – bear the brunt of environmental responsibility for Earth Day? Is it because it’s easier for companies, friends, media and governments to brow beat and shame me into action?
Is it too much to ask, to put in a little extra green work the rest of the year? To create a culture of sustainability, to live in a world devoted everyday to the well-being of the Earth? Even if it means taking a little time away from the inter-webz? Most of us don’t mind turning off the lights for an hour— lighting a candle to read, playing a board game, and some other low-wattage activities. Like I don’t know – Hopping off the treadmill, playing tag, yoga and Cycling outdoors?!?
Don’t get me wrong – Earth Day is pretty damn cool! Thank goodness we can still drink organic wine on Earth Day or is that frowned upon as well? Who cares – Cheers!
I agree…every day is Earth Day. Who needs a media blitz to tell me to hug a tree. There are 50 trees in my yard that I give a whole lot of lovin’ every day! Not to mention millions of acres of evergreens just up the road in my Sierra Nevada Mountains….they are the coolest friends ever!
I get a lot of strange looks from folks when I share with them that some of my best friends live in the woods … 😉
It seems to me Earth Day and Valentines Day have a lot in common. I don’t need a day to remind me to love my husband (I do so every second of every day) and I don’t need a day to tell me to look after the environment. I guess for those who do need a gentle reminder of these things it’s a good aide-memoir.
Brilliant point! I started out with your comparison of Earth Day and other “greeting card” holidays, although for whatever reason I cut it out – probably due to the ranting nature of it. 🙂 Your comment is spot on – Thank You!