Earth Day began in 1970, officially. And I have no memory of it at all.
My first one was the following year while I was a student at NYU. My memory of it is fleeing: I’m walking along 14th Street in Manhattan, aware of other people actively engaged in celebrating and protecting the earth. I can remember it seemed odd to me that they’d only do it one day a year. Yes; I was naive.
Over the years, I’ve given an annual nod to Earth Day, glad there are people “out there” who are taking care of the earth, raising awareness, being proactive. This year, my “free rider” days are over.
But before I rail against the night once again (apologies to Dylan Thomas), I thought an Earth Day pre-test would be fun. Here are a few choices:
This one, from Conservation International, has just seven questions.
There are 25 questions in this one from the world history project, but it goes fast.
This, from Earth Day Network, is a collection five short quizzes. But each quiz, when completed, will reward you with a fun poster like this one that you can download.
Not doing too well on these? Here’s one for kids from National Geographic.
OK, now we’re back with the problems. Our earth is threatened as never before.
According to the New York Times, as of October 5, 2017 the Trump administration has sought to reverse 67 environmental rules. The Times pulled its information from a number of sources including Harvard University Law School’s Environmental Regulation Rollback Tracker and Columbia Law School’s Climate Deregulation Tracker.
According to the article, updated January 31, 2018,
33 Rules have been overturned
24 rollbacks are in progress
10 rollbacks are in limbo
I hope you’ll check out the article and the sites for more information.
This year I’ll continue my monthly support of the NRDC, organized to do what I cannot. Here’s my post on how I went about that decision. I’m also adding Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy to the list. And, if there’s a march planned, I’ll go; if there’s a vote that’s close, I’ll call or write or visit.
But surely for me, the easiest step to take is to speak out with my checkbook.
For those of you without a history of philanthropy, here’s a short primer I posted a year ago on how to begin: The Culture of Philanthropy.
How about you? Do you have any plans in honor of Earth Day this year? As you looked at the lists of Rules and Rollbacks, which one jumped out at you the strongest?
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