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Why is Earth Day Just Once a Year?

April 18, 2012

While Earth day is certainly a start, why just a day or a week? After all we impact the environment daily!

According to the History site – “Founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday that is sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green awareness.”

In the last 42 years much has changed. There were over 100 million fewer people in the USA 42 years ago. That’s over 100 million people that eat three times per day. That’s over 100 million people who clothe themselves, make choices, drive, eat, shower, and – yes – use the toilet daily.

All of our choices impact the environment. Whether we wear fur or fake fur or cotton or wool or poly fiber clothes, each impacts the environment. Whether we drive, bike, bus or walk impacts the environment. If the taxi cabs and cars in New York City were replaced with horses, the manure volume would be incredible – a large part of the “modernization” was getting animals and agriculture out of the cities.

We all impact the environment with what we choose to eat. Be it coffee from other countries, rice from China, local food from right here or the millions of food choices we have from near and far. We can eat fruit in winter, we can eat year round without doing any food preservation ourselves and have more choices than could have been dreamed of 200 years ago. We can rely on petroleum power or burn wood for heat or use solar – each is a choice and each can impact the environment.

Here at SlowMoneyFarm we can’t change the world, but can make one part of it a little better. We keep our animals and their manure improves our gardens. The increased fertility of the gardens means we have better growth on the vegetables and other things we’re growing there. We use wood, much of it downed in storms, for heat in the winter.

What if those 100 million people added in the last 42 years didn’t just do Earth Day for one day? What if those 100 million people bought from places like ours, committed to wearing more cotton and wool and less cheaper poly fibers?

What if those 100 million people made a commitment to once a month do something to increase their understanding of their choices? Talk to farmers on #agchat or visit (in person) a farm that produces a food (or part of a food) that you enjoy or grow something, just a small amount, of something you enjoy? Love pizza? Visit a dairy and grow a couple tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets on the patio.

If just 1/3 of the population actually made *choices* and stuck by them. Don’t settle and no excuses. If we want something badly enough we find a way to make it work, if not we find excuses. Let’s make Earth day a mindful thing. If you use an item daily, find out how it impacts the earth. If you have 6 people to take on vacation, find a way to do so without plastic and petroleum, or see the realization of what that means. If there’s 100 million who don’t care, then it’s real hard to blame cows for air pollution or loggers for harvesting trees (a renewable resource!).

Be aware. Earth day is every day to us, not just one day or a week. Is it for you? How do your actions impact the Earth today?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. whateverisinthekitchen permalink
    April 18, 2012 1:09 PM

    Oh my gosh!! This is what I always say! I wrote an article about this very issue two years ago on a blog I no longer update.

    • April 18, 2012 10:30 PM

      That’s awesome! 😀 Some recent conversations added fodder for the thoughts here…when we think about where food comes from, it’s not all local. I do focus on US grown when I buy something, but enjoy not having to go to the store because of eating from the garden, collecting fresh eggs and the occasional animal that goes in the freezer. Thanks for visiting and sharing that!

      • whateverisinthekitchen permalink
        April 19, 2012 12:07 AM

        I think I’m going to enjoy that when the veggies start coming in. I’m spoiled on beef–my mom raises organic beef, so I rarely have to buy any. But what I REALLY want to do is get some chickens! Not quite the same as living on the farm, but I think I have a good space for 2 or 3.

      • April 19, 2012 11:56 AM

        2-3 are enough! We have a fairly small flock, as some go, but had started from nothing, built up to breeder birds (raised last year & year before) and now have in pens of under a dozen each – plenty of eggs and eggs to set. Now to just get the incubator issues settled!

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