Which isn’t to say you shouldn’t do some or all of those things. On this Earth Day, we (and I mean ALL of us) are facing a remarkable litany of environment-related problems, from global weirding (aka climate change) to food shortages to shrinking water supplies to melting glaciers. And a good chunk of those problems can be traced to human activities.
We may not have any control over larger environmental factors. But the human factors are just that… things we do or control. And while none of these things alone will make a difference, by doing them you may be setting an example to your family and friends and coworkers. Maybe you talk to them, or perhaps you set up a blog or give a public talk about your experiences. Maybe you influence a thousand people, or maybe just one. But if you do nothing – if I do nothing – those people may also do nothing. And nothing will get done.
So try some of those things. Do them because we need to treat the planet with more respect. Or do them because you want to maintain something like your current lifestyle and delay the inevitable – the end of oil, the end of the internal combustion engine, the end of cheap plastic crap.
Or heck, do it because Tuku told you to. In this song, he sings about how people have wrecked the environment by chopping down trees and dumping trash in rivers, leaving no shelter from the sun and no place to bathe or fish. And he asks the people to do something about it.
What are you doing?
[mp3] Oliver Mtukudzi:
from the album Nhava
tags: world music, zimbabwe, oliver mtukudzi, earth day