Why is Earth Day important?
In 1969, the idea was proposed of a day to honor Earth, peace, and the promote environmental responsibility. That day became Earth Day.
Some might ask: what’s so special about Earth Day? Because, you know, we don’t get the day off or anything. It’s a pretty lousy holiday, they might say.
To answer why it’s so important, I believe you need to ask that question with one less word:
What’s so special about Earth?
What IS so special about Earth?
Earth provides absolutely EVERYTHING for us. Well, the Sun provides Mother Earth with what She needs in order to provide us, but in short, Earth is Life.
Could you imagine life without life? Nope, not really.
But, some might ask again, what’s so special about Earth Day?
There are a lot of people out there that aren’t environmentally aware. Some people simply don’t think of the Earth as a provider of life. With the invention of super markets and fast food, food is magically created and provided to us in bright containers. Water is pumped directly into your house for you (though I fear this might be replaced sooner or later with in-home soda fountains. “It has electrolytes.”).
It seems we’ve forgotten where our food comes from. Heck, it even seems we forget what food does for us. It keeps us alive. Our food comes from the ground. The Earth.
In a poetic way, the Earth is our Mother. At least, that’s how I like to view it. She gives birth to us, fertilized by the father–the Sun–feeds and nurtures us, provides us with the tools and the protection we need all the while we must face hardships and lessons, also provided to us by the Earth. That’s why you always hear people call our little blue dot Mother Earth.
Some might not agree with this sentiment. And that okay! Mother Earth won’t punish you for not acknowledging the extreme importance of her well being. She won’t open up her jaws and swallow you into her molten core. She won’t jettison you out into space because you won’t acknowledge the fact that She gives us what we need.
But there must be reciprocation. We need to give back to the Earth.
And how do we do that? Simply, we need to be aware of what we’re doing to the Earth. We need to be aware of what we’re taking from the Earth and what we’re putting in the Earth and what we’re doing to Her. And with this knowledge we need to make responsible choices, choices that will benefit not just us, but the Earth herself. If we don’t, we only damn ourselves to worse and worse climate and environments. We need to take care of her.
I think Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot does a fantastic job really emphasizing on the immensity and prevalence of Mother Earth:
“Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity–in all this vastness–there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us.”
It is up to us. That speaks volumes to me. We need to take care of the Earth if we hope to continue on our existence as a species. No, not even as a species. As a part of Earth.
And that’s why I think Earth Day is important. Recognize Earth’s importance, and recognize that we need to start taking care of her, too.
Could we possibly put an end to the detriment we deliver upon Mother Earth? Well, realistically we have a pretty slim chance. But that’s precisely why environmentalists fight for that dream. Because every step we take in the right direction–even if it’s just one step–brings us closer to that goal. What if we never reach that goal? Then we’ve taken as many steps as we could, we alleviated as much as we could of Mother Earth’s unease and pain that we ignorantly infect her with. We’ve honored Her that much more.
Happy Earth Day to you, happy Earth Day to you, Happy EARTH Day Mother Nature, Happy Earth Day to you!