Normally, Earth Day is not a day that has any great deal of significance for me. Yes, I have a deep appreciation for nature, I abhor suburban sprawl, can’t stand the idea of logging, and I lose respect for anyone who litters. But, I watched Frontline on PBS last night and I was alarmed and outraged at what is happening in our country when it comes to our clean water. To its credit, the episode of Frontline did not sugarcoat the situation. Puget Sound, which I have always thought of as a beautiful natural body of water, is sick and polluted. Companies and municipalities, which are responsible for this pollution, point fingers at each other rather than take responsibility and do the right thing and clean up the mess.
Last night’s program convinced me of one thing: things are not going to change unless we, as citizens, get outraged. If there is one tip I can offer everyone for Earth Day this year, myself included, is to take action. This means we need to write our congressmen and get involved in this important dialogue. It means learning more about these issues and getting involved and doing something about it. I know life is tough these days and if we are fortunate to have jobs, we are probably too tired to take action or care. But we must. It is not just about saving certain species of sea life or animal life, it is about the survival of human life and preserving our quality of life.
One place to get involved is the EPA, the official Earth Day site, or even Oprah. I welcome any other suggestions in the comments section.