Let’s face it, everyone’s busy enough trying to multitask and juggle the various aspects of their lives, whether it be work, school, parenting or whatever else. It wouldn’t be wise or helpful to tell people to put more thought into being environmentally friendly every single day, when we all know that having one day to celebrate something works perfectly already.
Take the fact that there is a one-day celebration of the decimal 3.14 called Pi Day. We even had to mash all the U.S. presidents together on one day because it is easier to remember and apparently no one president can hog the spotlight from the others.
Earth Day is no exception in this case. Having a celebration of our planet for one day to let people know how to keep it environmentally thriving is a great way to bring awareness.
The day is so important that it even has its own website: Earth Day Network. The organization has been around since the very first Earth Day April 22, 1970 and truly knows its stuff when it comes to everything revolving around Earth Day.
According to the website, “more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”
Now why would we want to mess with a success rate like that by telling people not to take part in the day and instead learn about the Earth on their own time every day?
The organization is not just local, either. It works with 22,000 partners in 192 countries to provide resources and help broaden the worldwide knowledge of planet Earth to keep the environmental movement alive.
Proposing that the Earth should be left to people to celebrate every day instead of on one huge day is like proposing that mothers, fathers and grandparents should have their own special days taken from them.
Nobody wants an angry mom, dad or grandparent up in arms over suddenly not receiving a card, flowers, kiss or especially breakfast in bed that shows how amazing they are.
Trust me, one Mother’s Day my mom didn’t receive the usual overpriced Hallmark card and let’s just say that my family no longer speaks of that occasion and that they have greatly learned from the mistake.
These are the woes of many people who have their own days marked on every U.S. calendar. It would be strange and absurd to remove these one-day occasions and take many peoples’ traditions away. Earth Day deserves the same treatment. We all know the saying that respect is not given, it’s earned.
Earth Day has earned it.