Earth Day is not like other holidays — at least not on the surface. It serves neither the nation nor a religious community. Yet in another way, it is just the same. Its purpose is to shake us out of our complacency — that tendency to believe that the way things are is the way they were meant to be. It reminds us of what really matters and inspires us to bring our lives and the world more in line with what we value most.
Put another way, Earth Day is about remembrance and rebirth, as so many other holidays are, including those other Spring holidays, Passover and Easter. Earth Day reminds us that the Earth is not a “resource” to be exploited, but our home, and it asks us to rededicate ourselves to its stewardship.
So how will you rededicate yourself this year? What will you do differently?
I’ve pulled together an Earth Day Checklist with a number of significant, achievable changes you can make or may have already made. Do pause to take stock of your accomplishments first. You deserve the credit and it will bolster your confidence and determination to do yet more.
Happy Earth Day!