by Nooreen Moinuddin
When we hear of “Earth Day,” we generally remember our elementary school days, the images of cut out paper Earths hanging around the classroom and the whole class wearing green. Or maybe you think of people planting trees and changing their light bulbs. However, the excitement of Earth Day has definitely worn off throughout the years. Being a college student keeps us busy, as well as everything else that comes with being an adult. There is not much time to do anything, much less celebrate a holiday such as Earth Day. However, it’s a day worth noticing.
The purpose of Earth Day is to raise awareness of how important our environment’s well-being truly is and also to bring to light some of the harmful habits we have which are deteriorating it. Instead of forgetting about this day, not caring, or just shrugging it off because you don’t have time, the Candor encourages you to take a moment or two out of your busy life and think about the Earth on a broader scale. Think beyond yourself, your family and friends, and even BenU. Think about the world and your role in it – how you have helped add to the destruction, but more importantly, how you can add to the reconstruction.
The Candor wants to remind you that every action has a reaction, and no matter how little, it will always help. When you change that light-bulb thinking you’re saving money, remember that you’re also extending the life of the light source, which means less waste that ends up in a land-fill. The less energy you use, the less dependence you have on coal-based electricity, which helps the environment. When you plant a tree, you not only make your garden look better, but also provide a source of oxygen, and a home to many species.
Take this week to objectively analyze the state of the Earth’s health and your role in it. No action is too small to make a difference, and we must educate others and ourselves about the importance of the environment and what steps we can do to improve it. We must do more than simply note the arrival and passing of this day, but use it productively, not just on earth day, but everyday.