Earth Day 2019
April 22 is Earth Day this year. It’s a good day for gratitude.
Our Earth is extraordinary. It’s beautiful. And alive. And cares for us.
It’s important to express how much we care. One way I do so is by living according to the three R’s - reduce all consumption, reuse everything as many times as possible, recycle more than my share. It’s a diligent, very personal practice that is definitely inconvenient. I really believe it helps. I hope to inspire others by example: I always pack my own shopping bags; I try to choose the least amount packaging; I save gift paper all year for the next re-wrap season of gifts; and I pick up trash every day, I pick up bottles and cans on the street and in our parks to carry out and to recycle.
I also want to share stories of visionaries I admire. I recently read The Overstory, an amazing work of fiction based on the science of trees and the history of North American forests. Author Richard Powers received the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for this book. Please read!
One of Powers’ characters reminds me of a piece I did for ABC News 20/20. It’s called The Story of Julia Butterfly Hill, The Woman Who Saved a Tree. It aired Earth Day 2000. I think it’s as relevant today as it was back then. Let me know what you think!