Fresh from March 28, 2009′s well-celebrated and well-participated Earth Hour, Bloggers Unite, myself and my fellow bloggers are here once again, nudging and nagging perhaps to the point of annoying you to push for an immediate change in the way we treat our dear planet.
The signs of wear and tear are evident. Our over-indulgence and carelessness has taken its toll on this beautiful world we live in. No longer can we remain in our comfort zones, shut our eyes and cover our ears to the cries of
Mother Nature. Whoever coined the phrase “you can run but you can’t hide” is most probably referring to the consequence we will face in exchange for our wasteful and irresponsible ways of dealing with Earth.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I think, these people organizing this Earth Day event, the Earth Hour and similar undertakings aren’t doing these things simply because they are “cute”, “fun” or “morally acceptable”. The problem is REAL and it is HERE. And doomsday prophecy as it may sound, truth is there really is nowhere to hide. If this planet goes down in flames, we all go down with it — no exceptions. No special treatment. No way out.
And no matter how advanced we may appear to have become, we are still no match for our dear planet’s wrath, should it decide to instantaneously blow up or eventually die on us. After all, we’ve been negligent for so long, and this planet can only take so much.
There is no other planet for us but Earth. And even if there was another, I bet you’d still choose Earth all over again.
Earth Day 2009 is a call to ACTION — a call for tangible, measurable acts of the so-called GREEN GENERATION – no coal, green schools, renewable energy and energy-efficient designs and technologies. The awareness stage is over. Or at least most of it is. We already know what to do. We already know what we can do. But do we actually DO it?
I’m not trying to be self-righteous here. I too, am guilty of inadequacies. What I lacked in action, I compensated in writing. But that is not enough. I know. So now, I urge you, dear friends — LET’S DO IT. AND DO IT RIGHT. It takes more than a pledge to nail this problem to the ground. It takes a radical, conscious effort on our part to effect change — one that’s for the better — one that serves the general good — and one that’s for the long-term.
Starting today, I will make that conscious effort. I will do it regularly until it becomes a habit — until this habit becomes a virtue — and I will not stop until this virtue ultimately becomes a part of me — until I become the virtue itself in the flesh.
You know the drill: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Don’t commit. Do it. There is no other way.