World Environment Day

Today is World Environment Day, and the theme to this year is, “Connecting People to Nature”. Yes, too often we are cooped up in our homes, or offices, not really getting outdoors to enjoy all that surrounds us. Living in the Central Valley, I do understand wanting to be indoors come the summer, as we often have those hundred degree days, but lately we have just had beautiful weather. If you are not wanting to check out a new trail, or go to the river, what about a walk in the park, or maybe an outdoor sport? The world really is a beautiful place and we do not do enough to enjoy the splendor of it.

So, what exactly is World Environment Day you might be wondering. According to the website of the same name it is, “the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every June 5”. The site goes on to say that this year’s host country is Canada, and that a different country is picked every year. I like this, another day to show our appreciation to the earth. I hope these traditions continue and grow, as we only have one planet earth!

Happy Earth Day

Today is the day we honor and celebrate the Earth, well really we should do this everyday, but today specifically. There are celebrations that go on all over the world, to bring awareness to our precious commodities via our planet. I encourage you to find one near you so that you can take part next year, here is a list of the ones in California. A side note, Modesto was not on the list, and we had our 28th one this year!

If you are anything like me, you want to know where Earth Day came from, who started it, what the reason behind it is. Well, it started in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to educate about environmental issues. According to, “in 1990, Earth Day went global, with 200 million people in over 140 nations participating. In 2000, Earth Day focused on clean energy and involved hundreds of millions of people in 184 countries and 5,000 environmental groups”. We only have one Earth, (that we are aware of) and we want to leave it nice for our children and grandchildren. Here is a link to a little more info on Earth Day, via the Earth Day website.

The next question you are probably asking yourself is how you can help. There is so much we can do to reduce our carbon footprint.  You can start with recycling, simple, if you are not interested in taking in your recyclables, give them to a family member, or neighbor who might want to take them in. Be more aware; is everything you are printing needed, can you walk or ride a bike instead of driving, are you pouring water down your drain or throwing on your lawn/plants. Being more green does not need to take a bunch of time, and in fact, often when you start thinking more about what you are doing you will save money.  If you are curious about your carbon footprint, click here for a calculator.

Do what you can, what you have control over, and teach your family, especially your children. We need our Earth as long as possible!