DISCLAIMER: These photos are from several years ago from our archives when we lived on the St. Johns River. We do this regularly, but this trip was the most impactful images of trash pick up in a single day that one person (between the 2 of us) has ever hauled in since 2005. I didn’t go because there was no room for me in the kayak. We could see things in the river and if I had gone, it would have taken a lot longer and many trips out. The garbage is sitting in my seat.
HAPPY EARTH DAY! I find it funny that we even have an earth day. What are we supposed to do with the other 364 days? Is this like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July? Do we celebrate it one day out of the year and forget it the rest of the time? Heck no, everyday is Earth Day!
When we look at the reality of what’s happening to our planet, the truth can be overwhelming. Especially when there are people that want to tell you everything is fine and there’s nothing to worry about. It’s all those environmentalist wackos just exaggerating everything! “Please put my coffee in a styrofoam cup wrapped in plastic so I can throw it on the ground in a grocery store parking lot or better yet in a creek somewhere!” I don’t even drink coffee!
OK, ok let’s calm down a little bit. The truth and reality is, many of the things that are happening to this wonderful world are irrefutable and caused by humans. This isn’t fake news people…this is our reality and all you have to do is make an earnest effort to look for the facts and you’ll see them for yourself. And yes, as overwhelming as the truth can be, you can still make a difference. And, as the saying goes, “the truth shall set you free”. Free to do things you’re comfortable with, things that are simple to do, things that only require changing a habit or two and things that celebrate the Earth and make this a better place for us all to live.
These are personal decisions and we’re so lucky and blessed to live in a country where we are free to make those choices. Here is a list of a few things we hope will get you thinking about the simple things you can do on Earth Day and every day to make the world a better place.
These are just a few simple suggestions. Your list might be completely different than ours. If everybody does a little every day, the Earth will be just a little nicer for everyone and we’ll be celebrating Earth Day everyday! When it is safe to do so, I encourage everyone to get out and do just a little bit. You’ll be glad you did and the earth and future generations will thank you.
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