Screw Earth Day?

Grist, a well-known environmental website, is telling people to “Screw Earth Day!”

While that seems like an oxymoron, Grist has actually begun a campaign to urge us to make every day Earth Day.

Earth Day was first held on April 22, 1970. Some call it the birth of the modern environmental movement.

“Too many people tokenize Earth Day, using it as an excuse to hug a tree one day and ram it with their SUV the next,” said Chip Giller, founder and CEO of Grist in a press release. “We say, screw that. One day is for amateurs. We can do better.”

What do you think? Are you an amateur or pro when it comes to being green?


2 comments on “Screw Earth Day?

  1. Matt
    June 12, 2009

    I agree- everyday should be earth day! I hardly call myself a pro at going green- now maybe if I had a zero carbon footprint I could egotistically claim the title of ‘pro.’ Rather I prefer the title “student” as I am always learning, and I hope everyone else is too.

    I love the idea of earth day to help inform those that just don’t have as much information, or perhaps they need a little more encouragement. However, it was, and still is only a mere beginning, and in my dreams everyone practices earth day, every day. The unfortunate reality is that we can’t just make earth day everyday by snapping our fingers and expecting a sudden change in our society- YET this is exactly what we need to try to do! I have no solution for this dilemna.

    My advice is to start with one topic- recycling for example, or making your home energy efficient, or finding ways to cut your travel miles, eating more organically, consuming locally, etc… pick any area and start from there. Slowly perfect your practice in the art of recycling (for example) until you have an efficient system that recycles as much as possible. Then move on to the next category. You’ll soon discover that many of these overlap and you’ll continually revise previously ‘mastered’ topics.

    Lastly- don’t let your ego be a barrier! Easier said than done, and we all do it! Nobody’s better than anyone else for being ‘greener’ and most certainly nobody is any lower than anyone else for not being green- it’s all a matter of perspective. The exchange of any information (real info- not faulty gossip) is good- don’t be afraid to get information that will help green yourself just because you feel the source that is giving the information isn’t as ‘green.’ Sometimes, the best new ideas come from a corner of the arena you least expect it – like my gas guzzling, garbage burning neighbor (yes- sad)- he too has given me ideas to be more green (wasn’t his intention though- but we’re all benefiting because of it!). Information is what you make of it. Seek it, scrutinize it, digest it, and put it into action. The truth will set us free.

    Blue Skies!

  2. Meredith Swanson
    June 14, 2009

    Those are great points, Matt! I agree on the focusing on one area and becoming as much of an expert in it as possible.

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