Today is Earth Day. In fact it is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. I have given a lot of thought what my post will be on Earth Day. There is a lot going on in NJ that I could be writing about and need to write about. There is the recently released Red Tape Review. There is DEP’s Administrative Order that did what the legislature could not do last year. The A.O. continues to allow local government not to update decades old wastewater management rules. I could have written about the assault on NJ’s endangered species. In short there is a lot I could have written about and will write about soon.
Instead of writing of the many negative things going on in NJ, I wanted to write about something positive. My inspiration for this post literally flew into mind. For Earth Day, I want to write about two things. First, below is a picture of a raptor that was eating its dinner on my kid’s swing set last night. It was amazing. It was the first time I had seen something like that so up close and so close to home. It fascinated my kids. I want my children to have many experiences like this. I want my children to be able to have free access to a healthy environment. It is moments like this that drive me to continue to lobby for the environment and to be part of the solution.
The second thing I wanted to write about was more of a challenge. What is one thing that you can do today that will make the environment better? It does not have to be a major item. It could be something little. It could be picking up a piece of litter you see on the ground. It could be taking a short shower instead of a long one. You could choose to drink tap water instead of bottled water. What will you do to do today?