On April 22 1970, Earth Day marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Approximately 20 million Americans participated. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, Freeway and expressway revolts, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values. (Wikipedia)
Today is Earth Day. I can’t believe it’s been around since 1970. 40 years! I’m kind of in shock over that. It wasn’t until recently that the entire world began to participate in this day. And it’s amazing the things that are going on today – lots of recycling, lots of special events. If you take 5 plastic bags to your local HEB in Austin, Texas between the hours of 3 and 7 pm, you will receive a special reusable bag. There was an “Earth Day Festival” in Austin yesterday. Today more than 50 local businesses are donating 5% of their gross sales to certain non-profits. It’s a big day for the earth.
But as much as we are busy recycling and picking up trash. As much as we are making better choices and choosing to purchase more organic food and use few chemicals, sometimes I worry about people’s reasoning. Are they really doing all this to save the earth? And why exactly? Hannah came home from school today and let me know it was Earth Day. How I wish she could have heard what I was able to share with my class today.
You see, Earth Day, isn’t just about caring for the earth. It’s such an important day because it’s a day that we can remind everyone that “GOD created the heavens and the earth” Genesis 1:1. We shouldn’t take care of the world because WE want to preserve it. We should take care of it because the LORD gave this beautiful planet to us. He created everything in it.
There’s a song we sing in Preschool that I made sure to sing in my class today:
God made the world and everything in it.God made the land and the seven seas. God made the world and everything in it. God made the world and God made me.And He did. He made this world that we live in and so therefore we should do our best to take care of what He has given us. And we should continue to do so every day, not just on the day the world has set aside as “Earth Day.”
Here is an example of the art we made in our class today. Even 3 year olds can remember why we should celebrate Earth Day: