Happy Earth Day! Can you believe that Earth Day is 49 years old? Goodness, neither could I–I had to look it up.
Thankfully, as with all things internet, Earth Day has its own web site so you can check it out for yourself if you’d like.
I am old enough to remember when Earth Day was started (although I am not quite old enough to remember a lot about the first Earth Day–as I like to say, I missed all the fun things about the 60s and got disco for my teen years–sigh!)
But that does make me old enough to have experienced the first great house plant revolution so by now, at least, I am a house plant expert. There are some benefits to age. Just some.
But if we think about how our lives have changed–for the better–since that first Earth Day–we won’t be lamenting so much, I don’t think.
I think back to the pesticides in use in my childhood and teen years–now all of them banned, thank goodness.
We didn’t think about anything like water use, energy use, the type of light bulbs we used, or recycling. And now, most of us have become so efficient at recycling that there’s actually a glut and no market for our recyclables. Wow.
In our gardens, more of us than ever are seeking the least toxic alternative possible. We’re growing our own vegetables and sometimes our own fruits, and raising backyard chickens and bees. Sometimes we have goats or alpacas and even spin our own fleece.
We have come a long way in 49 years. There is still a lot more to do, of course. But let’s not forget to celebrate our successes.