A late morning stroll along the paths and roadbed in our woodland areas remind me that today, many are participating in Earth Day events. Maybe you’re planting a tree, participating in a community event or focusing on your garden. And to others, it’s a time for personal reflection on how they can further help reduce our impact on the environment.
The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. We have Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin Senator at that time, to thank for his efforts in helping others share their environmental concerns to public officials. The first Earth Day led to national legislation of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Act. It continues to impact change and continuously brings awareness to all on positive changes we can make for our planet. Today, more than a billion people across the globe will participate and show their support for environmental protection.
This year, the theme is about plastic litter and pollution. We’re encouraged to reduce our plastic consumption and focus on using more eco-friendly materials. It’s a simple request and one that is important to me.
So today, as I walk my dog…
I take a moment to photograph a little spring stream nestled behind some broken trees beyond our orchards. I close my eyes to fully appreciate the sounds of the miniature waterfall created by a few rocks and dead branches. There are enough natural obstructions to create a peaceful moment that one could doze off if only there was a place to rest. I am thankful that I see no trash and plastic.
Further along is a quiet pond with the sounds of early songbirds. The morning light creates reflections of the trees that visually provide a perspective that this is a more significant pond. A turtle pops up its head and dips back down. Tadpoles are swimming about, and if I had the time, I would come back daily to watch them become the frogs they’re meant to be. I am hopeful that someday all animals will be as fortunate as the ones I am observing today.