I have to say that Earth Day was not something I paid much attention to up until a few years ago. I remember doing some school projects in middle school and high school related to Earth Day. I also recall some events on campus when I was a college student. It wasn’t something I prioritized in the past.
Now I feel differently – why is that? I think the reason is twofold – first, I am starting to better recognize and appreciate the beauty and gift of our earth. It is truly a wondrous shared home we inhabit together. It’s not just the beautiful landscapes, but also the complex living systems that are all intertwined. It’s not just the knowledge of millions of different species, but also innumerable aspects of the natural world we don’t understand. I am still learning how to take it all in and connect with nature.
The second reason I feel differently about Earth Day is because of increased understanding of the ongoing environmental crisis and that the Earth as we know it and as it supports us is also shifting to a more tenuous state.
Certainly today we should talk about climate change and how to combat this challenge. But I also think that discussion should be informed and motivated by the first reason I listed for personally feeling differently about Earth Day: appreciating the beauty of our earth.
Today is a great day to get outside and recognize/enjoy/appreciate the natural world around you, whether it’s sunshine or clouds, green space or rushing wind, or whatever is around us. Happy Earth Day!