Is it me, or is this year different?
I don't know if it's because of Al Gore's - An Inconvenient Truth, or maybe the launch of The Discovery Channels mini series - Planet Earth, but Earth Day is different this year. It was actually a big deal with media coverage everywhere you looked. Global warming has been a hot topic for years (since the early 80's) but this year the issue seemed to hit a peak.
It's really scary to think about what's happening & that the US is to blame for the majority of the destruction. This country is all about consumption & having "more". While watching all of the media coverage I asked Bill if he thought it would make a difference. Americans are pretty stubborn people who resist change like it's the end of the world. Oddly enough, if there isn't change, it could be the end of the world as we know it.
We are a pretty conservative family. Of course we could always do more (be better at recycling, using less water, change our light bulbs to CFL bulbs), but I must admit that we're not conservative to be eco-friendly, we're conservative to save money. Which I guess is fine because we're consuming less & in turn having less impact on the environment. But as of yesterday, I think we might be a little more proactive in our conservation, not just to save a penny, but to really try to do what we can.
Bill had to work, so I decided that it would be a good idea to take Logan to the park & walk the 20 mile trail again. While at the park, I noticed how much trash there was. Gum wrappers in the grass, cigarette butts in the sand & all sorts of gunk that Logan tried to pick up & eat. After we had fun running around & he wore himself out, we headed off down the trail. I noticed the numerous plastic bags in the creek, trash littering the open spaces & the smell of the inner city creek water.
We have a long way to go to protect the environment.
While the hype may have inspired me to take a second look at our small city & notice that as a family & a community, we seriously need to make some changes...has it done the same for everyone else? Are people taking this seriously? Does anyone else see how gross the world is getting & that our children's playgrounds are turning into dumps?