No matter, to me everyday is Earth Day. The consequences of our actions are never far from my mind.
I'd listened to this radio interview, which is promoted as "Two extraordinary minds trained in logic reconfigured the forest debate when all seemed lost." These two philosophers appear to have been influential.
Then I read an email from Transition US and went googling. Yep, today is Earth Day. Here's an article from National Geographic about how it came to be a global event. A couple of paragraphs resonate with me:
"As we become more industrialized and our supply chains become less transparent... it can be more difficult to understand the environmental consequences of our actions."
And on "the power of the grassroots activism that spurred the first Earth Day in 1970... It wasn't so much about demanding national action... It was about demanding that individuals get engaged, [and] that would then push national action."
Yesterday I'd read this darker article (Uncivilisation) from the New York Times about grief and mourning for this age of ecocide.
Instead of trying to “save the earth,” Kingsnorth says, people should start talking about what is actually possible.
Way less stuff, and probably great environmental disruptions, but still community, celebration, clean air and sunshine. And probably in our lifetime.
Written by Kate Leslie