Earth Day is Every Day

Earth Day is Every Day

Happy Earth Day!  A week ago today, the 5 inches of heavy wet snow that fell on Sunday was melting around the daffodils. The sky was cloudless blue, and the magnolias were blooming.

This Sunday, too, was a beautiful day to be outside, with temperatures in the 70’s and crowds of people out enjoying the Lake shore.  Spring in Chicago is something to celebrate!

And today, the earth is in bloom.  April 22 was designated Earth Day in 1970.  It started in the United States, centered around issues involving the environment and conservation.   You can read more facts about Earth Day here.  Since then Earth Day has  become  an international movement,  involving  environmental issues, climate change, weather,  living with nature, and the interconnectedness of life on earth.

The Paris Agreement was signed on Earth Day, 2016.  Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and many commemorative events are planned.

But Earth Day is not just one day. It is every day. And every day, we are seeing the effects of human-caused  environmental damage, including climate change. Coral reefs are dying. Glaciers are melting. Floods and wildfires are becoming more extreme. People have built an environment for their  comfort and convenience,  but at what cost to the natural world, and to other people?

We can and we must do better. The message of Earth Day is loud and clear and urgent. This is the only world we have.  Our Earth, our home. We share it together, with all living things.

Here are some beautiful photos from EarthSky.

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  • Must be. It was April 13 in Northbrook and April 20 in Glenview.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack---much appreciated! Hope you are enjoying the earth in bloom today.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    It's better, but this Saturday is supposed to be like Saturday 2 weeks ago. I'm starting to think it will be like one Spring in Rochester NY when it snowed around May 10 and the Oktoberfest test collapsed,

  • In reply to jack:

    Yes, snow again!

    I looked up the latest date of snow in Chicago--according to National Weather Service and Tom Skilling, it was May 11, 1966.

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