March 27th, 2014 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Earth Day: It’s Time to Get Serious
It was nearly 44 years ago that the first Earth Day celebration took place on April 22, 1970. I actually remember it quite well. I was a sophomore in high school and expecting to go to the main celebration in Washington, D.C. I ended up missing my ride (long story), but later that evening I was fortunate enough to watch Walter Cronkite’s take on the day. As with most events and issues of that time, he captured it with elegance and accuracy – making it easy to understand why he was considered the most trusted man in America.
Now, 44 years later, I am amazed… no… actually stunned, at where we are with environmental issues in this country. It seems clear that our citizenry is fully engaged in wanting to solve the very serious problem of climate change and how it impacts our life. Our leaders on the hand, well… I’m not so sure. Not one piece of environmental or energy legislation has made it out of Congress in recent years, and one of our two major political parties actually believes that climate change is a hoax, despite unanimous agreement amongst scientists not only that climate change is real, but that it’s an urgent issue. We do indeed face a serious challenge.
I miss Walter Cronkite. We need serious people to tackle serious issues. If you want to see him again in action, check out this video below. It’s Walter Cronkite as I saw him on the evening of April 22, 1970.
It’s time to get serious… and now, as we approach Earth Day, is a good time to begin! And keep in mind that being serious is not the opposite of feeling joy, or having fun, or joining in celebration. Quite the opposite – it’s actually what compels us to join in celebrations like Earth Day in the first place. Let’s get serious . . . and celebrate!