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Get personal with the Earth for its special day

My question to you is, “Do you really care about Earth Day?!” I do not want your politically correct answers, I already know those. I want an honest one. You’re using the internet’s anonymity, so, you can be as sincere and blunt as you wish.

My problem with Earth Day is that it doesn’t seem genuine. I’ve met countless people who said they cared about environmental issues, but, at the same time, they haven’t been doing anything for the environment except on the 22nd of April. My belief is that you either care for it or you don’t and you most definitely cannot be an ecologist for one day of the year.

Disregarding your possible opinions and objections, this predicament had made me reevaluate the reasons for which I thought I cared, and to my surprise they had nothing to do with environmental impact, with destroying habitats, or with the thought that my descendants won’t know what a park is.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Valley By Chensiyuan

 

Great Barrier Reef

Flynn Reef by Toby Hudson

Argentina's Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls in Argentina by Martin St-Amant

I have come to the conclusion that a genuine concern about the environment cannot be truly rationalized. It is not only a problem of educating people on ecological impact, but a problem of educating people on appreciating the beauty of nature. We need to appreciate that beauty before anything else and the rest will follow. Most ecological programs are good, but they seem to be oblivious to this latter issue. They tend to focus too much on impact and too little on appreciation. This Earth Day let’s get outside and reconnect. Go for a hike, take a deep breath of morning air, hug a freakin’ tree. Get personal with the planet and we will all be better earth dwellers for it.

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