32 thoughts on “How will You take part in Earth Day?

  1. Great reminder of how important it is to take care of the planet. We should do what we can to set an example for future generations. It is a responsibility that we all share.

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  2. I suppose every day is Earth Day for me. Although the reach of my influence is minimal, I do try to use my blogs to interest people in the natural world; interest and attention are necessary if action’s to take place.

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  3. Whatever I’ll end up doing, it won’t be consuming mainstream news-media.

    I’ll never forget reading the unsigned editorial that a local B.C. community newspaper printed just before Earth Day 2017, titled “Earth Day in need of a facelift”. Varied lengths of the same editorial was also run by other community newspapers, all owned by the same news-media mogul, who’s also an aspiring oil refiner. It opined that “some people would argue that [the day of environmental action] … is an anachronism”, that it should instead be a day of recognizing what we’ve societally accomplished. “And while it [has] served us well, in 2017, do we really need Earth Day anymore?”

    I’ve never heard anyone, let alone a mainstream news outlet, suggest we’re doing so well as to render Earth Day an unnecessary “anachronism”. Considering the sorry state of the planet’s natural environment, I found it one of the most irresponsible acts of editorial journalism I’d witnessed in my 33 years of news-media consumption. While some readers may dismiss it as just another opinion, there are many readers (as I once was) who may take such unsigned editorials, especially from their local press, as a seriously considered and balanced argument.

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      1. Yes, but sometimes it goes further than that and in a very bad way.

        In Canada, we have a near-monopoly corporate news-media (i.e. Postmedia’s ownership/control of all-except-one major print publications) who are formally allied with one of the planet’s greatest polluting solid forms of “energy” and the most polluting form of crude oil — bitumen crude oil, a.k.a. tarsands.

        During one of its presentations, it was stated: “Postmedia and CAPP [Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers] will bring energy to the forefront of our national conversation. Together, we will engage executives, the business community and the Canadian public to underscore the ways in which the energy sector powers Canada.”

        Also, a then-publisher of a Postmedia national newspaper said: “From its inception, the National Post has been one of the country’s leading voices on the importance of energy to Canada’s business competitiveness internationally and our economic well-being in general. We will work with CAPP [Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers] to amplify our energy mandate and to be a part of the solution to keep Canada competitive in the global marketplace. The National Post will undertake to leverage all means editorially, technically and creatively to further this critical conversation.”

        Although the newspaper giant’s apparent bedding with the powerful industry is not news, it’s little known amongst the general population. More so, should the promotion of massive fossil fuel extraction, even Canada’s own, at all be a partisan position for a newspaper giant to take? And, at least in this case, whatever happened to journalism’s role of ‘afflicting the comfortable’ (which goes along with ‘comforting the afflicted’), especially one of this scale of environmental monstrosity?

        (Thank you for your patience with my posts.)

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  4. I am hanging my head because this year’s Earth Day escaped me. 🙁 But, as always, I am grateful that you provide resources/links to inspire us.
    Earth Day an anachronism? (comment above) We need consciousness more than ever! Clearly, an unhealthy alliance just sees a way to make more $$. Troubling, indeed. But we “little people” will forge on anyway.

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