Today is Earth Day! How do you celebrate?
Is the earth better off today than it was when the first Earth Day was proclaimed in 1970 — have we made progress together in helping cure the earth or have we only made things worse?
Here’s the official word from the administration concerning Earth Day’s federal “Environmental Highlights:”
- This progress will continue with implementation of
the Administration’s new Clean Air Interstate Rule, the Clean Air
Non-road Diesel Rule, and the President’s Clear Skies legislation,
which will result in a 70 percent cut in sulfur dioxide, nitrogen
oxides and mercury emissions from power plants.
- The trend of
annual loss of wetlands has been reversed, and steady progress is being
made on President Bush’s Earth Day 2004 Wetlands Initiative, which will
create, improve, and protect at least three million wetland acres over
the next five years in order to increase overall wetland acres and
- Restoration and redevelopment of abandoned
industrial sites known as brownfields is accelerating at a faster pace
than before due to legislation supported and signed by President Bush
early in his first term. Since 2001, nearly 1,500 brownfield sites are
now ready for productive reuse, protecting public health, leveraging
jobs, and revitalizing communities.
- The President is meeting
his commitment to reduce the National Park Service maintenance backlog.
His 2006 budget request includes a $144 million increase over 2005
enacted levels for maintenance and construction at our parks, meeting
his funding commitment of $4.9 billion over five years.
Are you impressed with those words?
If not, what is not being expressed and what is really being said?
How can we move beyond mere talk and move into action that matters?
Do you actively recycle?
Do you recycle for joy or because the law requires it of you?
Is the earth really in danger or not?
It’s too bad we only celebrate Earth Day once a year.
Every day should be Earth Day to remind us how lucky we are in sharing the land, sky, wind and rain.