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It's Earth Day. Do Something!

Let’s Do Something.

I have an email box full of marketers’ pleas to feature products on Earth Day.  There are loads of conferences all over the world this week.  And then there’s a huge backlash of bloggers coming out against Earth Day and all the bad it now stands for (over consumption, etc).

But don’t get caught reacting so hard against commercialization that you lose sight of the reason Earth Day began. Make it your own.

Take it back. Take Back Earth Day.  Don’t use this day to buy stuff, but instead DO SOMETHING.

Sure, every day is (and should be) Earth Day.  But today it’s official, so DO SOMETHING BIGGER than you normally would.

There is a song that has been inspiring me lately.  I’ll share it here in case it inspires you.

Here are the lyrics:

Don’t they know that there’s something going on
What they’re harming with their indecision
But who will be left standing when I’m gone?
There’ll be nothing left but a vision

It’s too easy to turn a blind eye to the light
It’s too easy to bow your head and pray
There are some times when you should try to find your voice
This is one voice that you must find today

Are you hoping for a miracle
As the ice caps melt away?
No use hoping for a miracle
There’s a price we’ll have to pay

It’s too easy to turn a blind eye to the light
It’s too easy to bow your head and pray
There are some times when you should try to find your voice
This is one voice that you must find today

If this doesn’t inspire you, find something that does inspire you and then go do something.  Because it won’t get any easier.

And then, try not to let a day pass where you don’t do something.  No matter how small.

Take your kids to a park, call or write a Senator, compose a blog post or a letter to the editor, support a local non-profit, volunteer, read, unplug for a day, attend a local community gathering, cut down on your electric bill, … do something.

Have a lovely, productive Earth Day everyone!

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