Earth Day Is Coming, Do We Care Enough?

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“Most Of Us Believe In Global Warming, But That’s Not Enough To Stop It” ~ Huffinton Post

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It’s Earth day coming up and the question is: Do we care enough? Do we care enough to celebrate and participate in Earth Day and what about our concerns and habits all year long?

Every year since I can remember we as a family have honoured Earth Hour. It’s quite a ritual at our place. We stock up on lots of candles, some munchies, and all cuddle around together in the black house chatting up a storm. For some reason, it has turned into a wonderfully fun evening that everyone looks forward too.

The kids of course always peek out the windows and point out every house that still has lights on. Then we all curse them from behind our front door. I think it’s fine to let your kids express disapproval for important things that they believe in, as long as it’s from behind the front door!

We also do quite a lot of other things at our place that help the environment and honour Earth day. To be honest, I’m not even aware that we’re doing these things anymore it all feels like second nature.

Of course, I still wonder often and especially on Earth Day what else we could or should be doing. Am I helping enough to protect the world for my kids as they grow up and then have children of their own? It’s scary thinking but we have to do it.

A new survey finds 94 percent of Americans believe in (global warming) the phenomenon.

Source: Most Of Us Believe In Global Warming, But That’s Not Enough To Stop It

~Fortunately experts see this new survey result as a good sign of increased awareness and concern. But I wonder is it enough and can we accomplish what is needed in enough time?

~It’s both ironic and tragic that much of the world that has suffered the most from the results of global change are also the same people who are leaving the smallest footprints on our planet.

~I would like to remind everyone to honour Earth Day on the 22nd, in some special way. Every bit helps. Make it a fun annual family event; you’ll enjoy it.

Here are some examples of world climate shifts and the environmental catastrophes that have been going on for years. Just in case you need a reminder…

A boy whose house was destroyed by the cyclone watches an approaching storm, some 50 kilometres southwest of the township of Kunyangon. Further storms would complicate relief efforts and leave children increasingly vulnerable to disease. In May 2008 in Myanmar, an estimated 1.5 million people are struggling to survive under increasingly desperate conditions in the water.

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N 2003 in Djibouti, a girl collects water from the bottom of a well in a rural area in Padjourah District. The drought has depleted much of the water supply.

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On Sept. 11, 2011, a man carries his daughter across an expanse of flood water in the city of Digri, in Sindh Province. By Sept. 26 in Pakistan, over 5.4 million people, including 2.7 million children, had been affected by monsoon rains and flooding, and this number was expected to rise. In Sindh Province, 824,000 people have been displaced and at least 248 killed. Many surprisinglives.net/earth-day-do-we-care

 

A girl carries her baby sibling through a haze of dust in Sidi Village, in Kanem Region. She is taking him to be screened for malnutrition at a mobile outpatient centre for children, operated by one nurse and four nutrition workers. The programme is new to the area. Several months ago, most children suffering from severe malnutrition had to be surprisinglives.net/earth-day-do-we-care

 

A boy carries supplies through waist-high floodwater in Pasig City in Manila, the capital. On Sept. 30, 2009, in the Philippines, over half a million people are displaced by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Ketsana, which struck on Sept. 26. The storm dumped over a month’s worth of rain on the island of Luzon in only 12 hours. The flooding has affected some 1.8 million people, and the death toll surprisinglives.net/earth-day-do-we-care

 

Gallery courtesy Huffington Post