Happy Earth Day

Today marks Earth Day, the one day per year in which many people pretend to care about the home that we all share: our beautiful planet Earth. If you treat every day as if it were Earth Day then you would be moved to action, even if only in the smallest means. Said action isn’t solely posting some tired quote on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or everywhere else the selfish and the self-absorbed congregate.

I always maintain that being part of the solution is much better than being part of the problem. Little things like “reduce, reuse, recycle” are important to incorporate in daily life. Instead of always deciding between “paper or plastic” at the grocery store, why not bring your own, reusable shopping bags?

Bees are rapidly becoming endangered, and that means our food supply is threatened. Why not plant bee-friendly herbs, shrubs, and trees wherever possible? Spend a day at an apiary if you can, and learn as much as possible about those marvelous little critters upon whom so much depends.

When’s the last time you volunteered at a local outdoor cleanup activity which wasn’t driven by politics or making yourself look good amongst your office or personal circle? When did you do something good for our planet, simply because it needs to be done? This planet is our home. It’s the only one we have, for the far foreseeable future, so we are responsible for its health and well-being.

That’s my small, soapbox oration for today. Now that I’ve stepped off of it and put it away, please enjoy the five songs which, to me, always symbolize Earth Day.

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