April 22 is Earth Day, a day to focus on the environment and the world in which we live.
Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, proposed the first nationwide environmental protest in 1970 "to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda."
On that day, people came together for the first time in a large, organized group to fight for the world in which we all live. We still have a long way to go to turn back the damage we've done and continue to do, but I'd like to think we're making progress.
Disney's movie, EARTH, is opening on April 22nd. It follows three families of animals--elephants, polar bears and whales as they make their way in the world. Check out more at http://disney.go.com/disneynature/earth/. Disney has promised to plant at least a half million trees, if not more with the proceeds.
I think we're all a little more conscious these days about our world. I don't run water while I'm brushing my teeth. I take cloth bags to the supermarket. I choose green cleaning products. I turn off any lights not absolutely necessary. I've changed all my lightbulbs to low energy ones. I use cold water for the laundry. Little steps, but if we all do them, they make a huge difference.
So, celebrate Earth Day, 2009. We need to take care of this little blue planet. It's the only home we have.