It seems that we have a “day” for everything now. World Environment Day however, is one that I love. In looking into the history of this worldwide day of awareness and action for the environment, I discovered that it was begun in 1972 (also the year of my birth, neat coincidence) by the United Nations “to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment:”. The environment has always been an important issue to me, and has been one cause which I have placed at the top of my priority list.
Without a healthy environment, we have nothing. Our water is a mess, the air and soil are filled with toxins, our food supply is compromised, the habitat of animals has been systematically reduced and polluted to the point of mutations and extinctions…put simply, it’s time to change. We can no longer ignore what we’ve done to our environment. This planet of ours is a beautiful place, with wondrous abilities to heal itself. The problem is that we are destroying it way faster than nature can cleanse itself.
I do not want for this post to be negative, however. My wish is to foster more appreciation for our home in hopes that we can all become more aware of how serious the need is for us to begin taking much better care of the Earth and the people, plants, and creatures inhabiting it. I myself used to be much better at doing my part, and a few months ago, I made a commitment to begin doing better again by doing simple, everyday things like recycling and conserving as much energy and water as possible.
I recently participated in a march asking for action in regards to genetically modified plants, and will be keeping my eye open for other things which I can take part in. Every little bit helps, and it all matters. When I wake up every morning, I look out my window and think…what a wonderful world!