Well, our Earth Day was great. The glorious weather made it the best yet for all Puget Sound celebrations, work parties, and outdoor events, including our own local party. (The pictures posted tell that story.) If you participated in any of these other events, tell us and/or post some photos.
I heard from Jobyna that it was actually 1992--20 years ago--when the senior center first observed Earth Day. I think they were ahead of most of us, and Enumclaw is surely the better for it. And they keep at it. Jobyna says that last week Donna had Earth Day events planned every day of the week at the center, culminating with Albert planting two rhododendron bushes in the little side garden on Friday (in the rain). Thanks, seniors--tell us more about your Earth Days over the years. Have to admit (hate to admit) that we (meaning me/my family) weren't paying enough attention to caring for the earth in 1992. I do believe we recycled. Recycling was a new-new thing at that time. Can't think what else we did. Earth Days were happening, we know now, but we weren't picking up on that. When we finally did and became more aware, we were surprised to find that the first Earth Day was in 1970. "Somebody" was talking about the earth's issues in 1970. 1970: We were singing along with Bridge over Troubled Waters (unaware how troubled some of the waters were), raising our babies, busy with life. We missed a lot. Regrets. But...moving on. We keep learning. We keep seeing something else we can do to be good caretakers. And we appreciate the early vision, the hard work, and the example set by others who were and are way ahead of us.
Back to LOCAL: We appreciated seeing Earth Week signs and a big Earth Day poster (Be the Root of Change) at the cafe in Saint Elizabeth's Hospital. Thanks, St. E, for the recycling reminders. We don't get everywhere, so probably missed other acknowledgements around town. Please report on any institutions/schools/churches/clubs/business that noted Earth Day, so we can say thanks to them, too, for supporting efforts toward a healthier planet. It's not too late to write--Earth Day is every day.