Remember when we took our kids driving, or perhaps some of you were the kids? We'd see people rocking on the porch. Their yards, spread
out like a gruesome canvas littered with junk. Wide-eyed, the kids would ask - how can they sit
there when there's so much to clean up?
The answer from Dad was 'That's all they've ever known. It does not disturb them.'
An interesting observation for our sons who grew up warning each other: "Here comes Mother, look busy." (If you weren't you would be.)
We'd see trash of every description along the scenic highways. It was hard, even for kids, to understand how anyone could create such a blight.
Where did all this ugliness come from? It came and still comes from us, the human inhabitants of this beautiful earth. We are the
only animals that foul our own nests.
Today is the 53rd anniversary of Earth Day. I wonder if, 53 years later, fewer of us are disturbed by the ugliness sprouting up around us? Certainly most of us know better. We echo the cries Something must be done. We ask who is going to take care of this? Some of us even ask What can I do? Never has the phrase every little bit helps rung more true. It's our nest. Our responsibility. Our opportunity. Time to get off the rocking chair. Time to clean up our own act. No matter how little or how late, anything we do to beautify, improve, and protect our nest - it helps.
Last time I checked there were 681,000 jobs, with a payroll of $38 billion, devoted to cleaning up our environment. Hopefully these folks are addressing the big picture. Like charity, the small but mighty improvements begin at home.
Every day is Earth Day. Right now it's all we've got.
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