It’s officially April and that means Earth Day is almost upon us (April 22). Actually this year is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day – not the oldest holiday by any means, but it’s stuck with us a while.
My feelings about Earth Day semi-mimic my feelings about Earth Hour, i.e. I’m not 100% on board. However there are some pros to this annual event.
Earth Day pros:
Earth Day has the ability to make believers out of non-believers. For those not on board with green living, Earth Day can possibly make a difference by bringing green issues more out in the open. In fact this may be the one time of year that earth-related issues are pulled fourth and pushed at people in a very significant way. If Earth Day educates and changes one life or one family for the long term, then it’s a good deal.
Earth Day is big with kids. Schools rally around Earth Day with glee. Personally, I feel earth issues should be part of every school’s curriculum year round, but I appreciate the extra April effort. Kids are susceptible to green living issues, so giving them a massive hit in April can’t hurt.
There are usually many cool Earth Day events going on during the month and on April 22, so there’s plenty of eco-minded fun for you, your family and friends.
Now for some Earth Day cons:
I know it’s a cliché but I do believe in, “Make it Earth Day every day.” I don’t like the whole let’s celebrate green ONE day out of the year deal. We can do much better.
The Earth Day greenwashing makes me want to puke – unless your company, product, or little ol’ self are going to at least make a slight effort to walk the green living path year round, then don’t push Earth Day sales, Earth Day products and other Earth Day money making agendas on me. Ah greenwash bliss runs rampant in April. Gotta love it.
Directly related to the above is the commercialism of Earth Day. I like a good green product as well as the next person but each year I see people walking around with Earth Day products that make zero sense like shirts (not organic), posters (on non-recycled paper) and so on. You can make a bigger difference by purchasing a good set of reusable bags.
If you’d like to get on board:
I don’t actually shun Earth Day like I do Earth Hour. I do think Earth Day has many obnoxious qualities, but the good qualities help balance it out. If you want to celebrate Earth Day check out these resources…
- Earth Day Network
Earth Day at the EPA
- To find an Earth Day event near you visit the global Earth Day event calendar and you’ll want to check with your local newspapers and family magazines as well.
Are you celebrating Earth Day this year? How?