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April

Earth Day

Posted by Brittany

Today, in celebration of Earth Day we decided to break this bad habit. On our way home from work we stopped at IKEA and purchased a couple of cheap but sturdy recycling bins that fit perfectly next to the trash can in our garage. It’s been a long time since we separated our recyclables, but I look forward to the day when I can throw a bottle in the garage without feeling that little pang of guilt, or wondering if I just made life a little harder for my (unborn) children, or my children’s children. But really, Chris and I started celebrating with good environmental deeds long before our trip home. Granted, it didn’t really feel like much of a celebration since we drive our Honda to work every day, but we did commute in our fuel-efficient hybrid Honda Insight. I even made a conscious effort to set my waste paper aside for recycling throughout the workday instead of throwing the scraps in the trash. These efforts may seem small scale, but I’m a big believer of the “every little bit helps” school of thought.

And now, before I go to bed for the evening, I’m going to think about our great Mother Earth and how lucky we are to be enveloped by the beauty of the natural world around us. Our planet can be a terrifying and dangerous place, or it can be the crux of all that is beautiful — and it can be these things all at the same time. I’d like to sign off tonight by sharing the lyrics of the Earth Day Anthem, sung to the tune of Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’:

Joyful joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment
Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise

Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love through out all time
With our gentle hand and touch
We make our home a newborn world

Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love through out all time
With our gentle hand and touch
We make our home a newborn world

Tomorrow we’ll be out in nature enjoying our beautiful Earth for National Picnic Day!

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