Why is earth day important for environmentalism?



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    April 22 of every year is Earth Day, and it is a way for people who are aware of environemtnal issues to organize and help support the cause. People volunteer their time for environemntal causes, help educate people, and network with other people who think alike to come up with better ideas on how to make a difference. It is so crucial for the environmental movement because it give people a day to organize and plan big events so that normal people who may be unaware can see the problems and solutions to environmental problems. These problems may even be local, which could spur new interest from new people and so on. Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

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    Its a way to make environmentalism more widely known and fun.   To be honest, people don’t like environmentalism because its sad. Who wants to hear people talking about how the world is doomed and that its our fault?  

    Earth day allows people to come together, have activities, entertainment, and fun. You know, really let them learn while having fun at events that are set up.  Or it serves as a reminder for people to have their own fun.  Maybe go walk through the park. help remind them that nature is still around us, and that we have to grow up and take care of it. 

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    I think Keithplya9 is right when saying that people dont like to think about environmentalism, at least in the way that much of the environmental movement has been framed over the past few decades, because it is incredibly sad. It is sad that we have grown so out of balance with the earth that sustains us, so much so that it is terrifying to think about the depth and breadth of havoc we are wreaking on the earth’s natural systems.  Environmentalism has also been framed in the context of “sacrifice”– in order to live sustainably you must go without, turn of your lights, be without your creature comforts, you cant eat your favorite foods, or fly to your favorite places and the list of “don’ts” seems to go on and on.

    While it is very true that in order to reach any close order of approximation to sustainability, humans need to cut back drastically on our levels of consumption and live a more frugal and simple existence to the degree that our lives in the future will be very different than they are now, it is also very true that all that we have now and will have in the future comes from the remarkable resiliency, complexity and diversity of this earth. Somebody somewhere along the line said that we will only protect what it is we love, and I think this is quite true when it comes to earth’s systems. The more we experience nature, are humbled by its forces, are inspired by its complexity, are awestruck by its beuaty and its power, the more nuanced our relationship will become with the natural world, and the more we will come to recognize that our survival is wrapped up in acting within the bounds of the earth and its ecosystems. This, for me, is the fundamental importance of Earth Day–to celebrate the earth and our relationship with it, to encourage people to expand their understanding of how humans fit into this unmistakably large puzzle. And in so doing grow a greater willingness and desire to protect what it is they have come to love. 

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