Today Is Earth Day! But What Does That Mean?

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 10:25 AM
April 22, 2013

earth-day-2013-banner    Environmentalists around the world designated April 22 as Earth Day.  For good public relations during Earth Day celebrations, businesses offer promotions, free products and other trinkets of earthly significance. But what does it all mean?

John McConnell, started the idea of Earth Day in 1969 at a United Nations Conference.  U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson proclaimed April 22, 1970, as an environmental ‘teach-in’ date.  Also in response to Earth Day concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency was founded that same year.

In 1990, Denis Hayes, who was National Earth Day Coordinator, took the organization international.  Today it is celebrated in 192 countries every year, with many planned and sponsored events.

But when Earth Day is over, politicians, businesses and the general public go back to ‘business as usual’:  destroying the planet with air and water pollution, over-fishing and polluting the oceans, flooding the earth and seas with non-recyclable garbage, etc.  Earth Day must start to mean more to all nations.

Man’s failure to fully accept the significance of Earth Day is bringing the planet’s non-human animals to the edge of extinction. To save this planet, the American people must set an example for the world by letting politicians and business heads know:  things must change.

Surely we can make this industrial age more earth-friendly.  After the U.S. brings down its own levels of contributions to Climate Change, we can convince China––now the most polluting nation on earth––to join us.  If not, the U.S. should greatly reduce its Asian imports.  powerplantpollution-2

In the same way, China can be encouraged to decrease its ‘need’ for elephant and rhino ivory in order to protect these species.  The U.S. can also encourage that country to stop its industrial pollution of the planet’s air and water.

To celebrate the Earth today companies such as:  Target Stores, Kellogg foods, Jo-Ann Fabrics and others are giving away reusable shopping bags; Caribou Coffee shops offers a free cup of coffee; and if you bring in five plastic bags to Disney, you will get a free Disney Tote bag in exchange, etc.

But while Americans pick up their free gifts, they may also ask each contributing company what it is doing to save the planet?  What are the company’s environment, pollution and recycling policies?  What does the enterprise know about such policies among their suppliers, including overseas enterprises?

Those who celebrate Earth Day can also add verses from online Bible lessons to their research on the planet’s future:  “The earth is The LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.  For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods (Psalm 24: 1- 2).”  In other words, earth is not man’s possession to destroy!

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