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Earth Day Every Day

When something of this scale is celebrated, like Earth Day earlier this month, an interesting term pops up in the media, “Global Citizen.” It’s a moniker debated with varying degrees of meaning. Nonetheless, common themes of global citizenship align themselves strongly with Earth Day. Each year, there is an annual Global Citizen Festival, which often takes place in New York City, but this year finds itself in Berlin. The fest supports the argument for the cultivation of a global citizenship sensibility, a tenet most relevant among people involved in education and advocates of climate change.

From an article from the The Conversation, “There’s a general consensus that the term orients towards recognizing the interconnectedness of life, respecting cultural diversity and human rights, advocating global social justice, empathizing with suffering people around the world, seeing the world as others see it and feeling a sense of moral responsibility for planet Earth.” [3]

The idea of global citizenship ties directly into our celebration of Earth Day, an annual one-day foray into observable global awareness and interconnectedness, which is something not seen enough.

Perhaps, in addition to its one-day reprieve from the usual daily lip serve, it’s more important to take action on earth’s behalf on the other 364 days of the year that really matters. Isn’t it then incumbent upon everyday global citizens to put the survival of Earth and its inhabitants before unsustainable economic growth and exploitation of certain areas of the world and particular peoples?

We can and should live our lives respecting the Earth and what it provides the multitudes of ecosystems that support human life. Recognizing April 22 is important, to be sure, but remember there are so many other ways to involve yourself in Earth’s wellbeing that don’t include this day.

Celebrate Earth every day. Recycle, compost, and buy eco-friendly products throughout the year. Spend time outside as one with nature – whether reading a book or taking a walk through the woods. Rejuvenate yourself with the most natural things Earth has to offer.

Whether or not the term “global citizen” resonates with you, respect, appreciate and conserve. All these thing celebrate Earth. It’s so much easier that you might think.

There are steps you can take throughout the year that brings attention to global issues, climate change and a future of sustainability.

So, take a moment April 22 to think about Earth Day; what does it mean to you, and what should it mean to the rest of the world?






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