Our home, our planet: A tip of the hat to Earth Day

Low coastal fog shrouds the morning sun along the eastern bank of the Key Peninsula.
Bald eagles are a common sight along Drayton’s Passage in Longbranch.

Our home, our earth. I am not much for soapboxes, but a simple nod to the blessing we call our planet I thought was appropriate on Earth Day.

“Over one billion people in 192 countries are participating from London to Sao Paolo, Seoul to Babylon City, New Delhi to New York, Rome to Cairo; people everywhere are taking action in their communities,” it says on the earthday.org website.

The first commemoration of Earth Day occurred on April 22, 1970 — an offshoot of Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson’s belief that we ought to take care of our planet.

“He was disturbed that an issue as important as our environment was not addressed in politics or by the media, so he created the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. An estimated 20 million people nationwide attended festivities that day. It was a truly astonishing grassroots explosion, leading eventually to national legislation such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act,” reads an entry in americaslibrary.gov/jb/modern/jb_modern_earthday_1.html.

My motives are far simpler and much less ambitious than theirs. I am just thankful for a world I find so beautiful. It never ceases to impress me the way the sun breaks through the fog or the high-pitched chatter of the bald eagles along the eastern bank of the Key Peninsula. The moss on the trunks of trees, the colorful blossoms along the highway and the shrieks of naughty squirrels: these are just a few of my favorite things.

In that spirit, I wish one and all a glorious Earth Day.

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