On a cool windy afternoon, Miss Brownfield, Nicole Wingard, and Miss Coppell, Chailie Alsoffar, both showed up in Brownfield to help clean up the City just a bit. There were plenty of dirty masks and other trash items caught in bushes around the area, but they both knuckled down to the job.
This was all a part of the Earth Day Celebration. In other areas, Earth Day is seen as much more political or activist oriented.
Earth Day was first observed in 1970, when 20 million took to the streets to protest against environmental degradation. The event was triggered by the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, as well as other issues such as smog and polluted rivers.
For over the next half century, Earth Day continued to play an important role in environmental activism.
The landmark Paris Agreement, which brings almost 200 countries together in setting a common target to reduce global greenhouse emissions, was signed on Earth Day 2016.
According to earthday.org, Earth Day aims to “build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and the planet.” The movement’s mission is “to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.”
In our neck of the woods, Earth Day is more of a day to recognize the fact that we just need to be more responsible about taking care of our acre of God’s creation. We know that God created this place for us and we have a responsibility to be caretakers of this Earth for Him and for each other.
This leads us into the Rainwater Harvesting Awareness Week that is coming. Another great natural resource that we have to take care of, so it can continue to take care of us. As God says in His Word,
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and all those who live in it. For God founded it on the seas and established it on the rivers.”