It began in 1970, and the concept of celebrating the earth at least one day a year while focusing on improving the environment remains a good one. Earth Day has grown into a worldwide happening. This year people from 192 countries will gather to do good works, which includes the lofty goal of planting 1 million trees.
Unfortunately, the Earth Day organization is short on genuine accomplishments, absent its obsession with climate change. As it relates to the global problems of plastic pollution and the unfettered accumulation and export of e-waste especially in poor countries there are plenty of slogans from this very visible group and little else.
Of late, Earth Day events seem more like a party where people can get together to talk about their love of the environment still drinking out of the environmentally unfriendly single-use plastic cups and bottles. That is green hypocrisy.
The most recent example of green hypocrisy took place at the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert.The pre-Earth Day event, held on the Washington Mall, was filled with people best described as faux greenies.
The concert itself was solar powered, which is good. However, the pictures of the mountains of single-use plastic bottles, plastic bags and Styrofoam trash left behind show what a truly epic failure this global citizens Earth Day event was. The Earth Day messaging is inadequate if it cannot get its own supporters to stop using single-use plastics and clean up after themselves.
We know about the tragic consequences that single-use plastic bags and bottles are causing globally. We know they are a scourge that is devastating the world’s environment. Plastic pollution is found in every corner of the globe, as far as the Arctic and Antarctic and in the Sahara Desert. Plastic debris and trash are in our oceans, our lakes and streams. Its chemicals and bits are in the fish we eat and absorbed into our bodies. It is on land; it is virtually everywhere.
Unlike global warming, aka climate change, there is no controversy. Plastic pollution is real and here now. Unfortunately, the Earth Day organization is not the place to look for solutions.
The axiom, “nothing speaks louder than words” is not true. The truth is, nothing speaks louder than actions! Pictures taken immediately after the event ended show the actions of faux greenies, professing their love of the environment and leaving their plastic trash behind.