Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day! Don't forget to clean up after yourself!

I woke up this morning to find 7 emails suggesting multiple products I should buy in celebration of Earth Day... don't get me wrong - I am a consumer, I enjoy shopping.
It just struck me as fairly odd that shopping is the number 1 suggestion I've heard today when it comes to celebrating Earth Day since consumerism plays a big roll in the state our world is in.
It's true, companies were suggesting I buy something recycled & I do. I recycle the crap out of recycling itself! But this should not be a celebratory action. Every day we should ask ourselves questions about the products we buy & what the consequences of their use will be.

*Is this a recycled product?

*Was it made locally or anywhere near by?

*What is the life span of this product & what will happen to it when I no longer need it?

*Can it be recycled when I am done with it?

I realize I am preaching to the choir so I'll knock it off. In short if you want to do something for Mother Earth today then I suggest you get off the computer and head for the out doors. Take your camera, grab a friend & a picnic lunch. Go get a closer look at what's out there that's worth saving. Other fun activities for today?

Plant A Tree!

Fly A Kite!

Hug A Bug!

Jump In A Lake!

I hope to see you out there!
Bonnie Rue


Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you...why do all this stuff just on earth day, why not everyday? Just like Valentines day..can't people be sweet regardless of what day it is?

Model Citizen aka Bonnie Rue said...

I mean I don't want people to give each other chocolate only 1 day out of the year! I understand the idea of boosting awareness, but maybe on the news or in the paper every day someone could say - "People: be considerate of the world & the people in it. Buckle up, call your parents, read a book, be thankful, recycle, get some exercise & don't forget that presently & in the past people have made many sacrifices for you to have a wonderful life"

I'd read that or tune in to hear someone say it.

Rise Above said...

That was exactly my response - emails telling me to buy things to celebrate Earth day just made me sad; it just didn't fit!

Tuesday said...

I've been thinking a lot lately about the products I buy, and if they can be recycled after I'm done with them. If we all did this, we'd be in better shape, I'm sure.
Good ideas you have!