earth day 2016I run this Walt Kelly Pogo cartoon every year. Despite the passage of time, it is as true now as it ever was. It shouldn’t be. Garry and I remember the first Earth Day. How sure we were that everything would get better. We believed we could fix the world.

Forty-six years later, the earth should be cleaner. We should be saving the planet, not destroying more of it. But, reality bites. The earth is more endangered than ever.

Pogo - The First Earth Day - 1971 - Walt Kelly

Pogo – Earth Day 1971 poster – Walt Kelly

Save the planet. Save something. Live greener. Use less stuff. Don’t litter. Do what you can. Don’t let the despoilers buy all our beautiful places and pave them. Say no to fracking. Say yes to fossil fuel alternatives.

Vote for smart people. Caring people. Vote for people who understand that climate change is real. That if we are not good shepherds for our earth, there will be no earth to shepherd.

Let’s leave a green planet for the next generation and the ones thereafter.

For a history of this day, see “The History of Earth Day.”

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  1. I am travelling to Shimla, Himachal Pradesh one of the most beautiful states of India. Will be back by end of this month. Will try to be in touch. If not then dont worry. Will share photos later.


  2. Earth Day has just become a naming day, just like the way that the Europeans have days named after saints – no-one remembers the saints, or why they have those days. I can’t even remember this day growing up in New Zealand. Even now we don’t really ‘celebrate’ it much at all. Yet New Zealand is promoted as a clean green nation which is not really true at all. We are still destroying our environment at a faster rate than ever before.


    • Mostly, our species talks a good game, but when action is required that might cause us even the slightest inconvenience, no one wants to be bothered. Earth Day came with obligation to actually DO something. In the end, pure laziness beat out saving the planet. Our children and grandchildren will have to pay that bill.


  3. Just think of how bad things would be if we hadn’t started this when we did.


  4. Wouldn’t it be nice. People forget it after today. To be quite honest, if it was not for the Google intro this morning I would not have known it. I celebrate in my own way every day by respecting it, wouldn’t it be nice if we all did that without having to be reminded.

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    • I remembered the day, but as you say, Earth Day has lost its importance. That’s what Garry was saying last night too. When he first covered it, it was an important news story. All the TV stations and newspapers were there. It was a big deal. Over the years, while we talk endlessly about the environment, we seem to be accomplishing less and less. With the news from VW yesterday, we have to wonder how many other car makers and other corporations are lying about emissions and other stuff. Not encouraging.

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  5. Could not agree more. I have reblogged this on “My Other Blog”. Let’s hope people are listening.

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  6. Reblogged this on My Other Blog and commented:
    Marilyn at Serendipity posted this today and it so exactly matches my feelings I decided to reblog.
    Vote for smart people, vote for people who care. Vote for people who believe climate change is real. Do what you can, don’t think that one person’s actions won’t matter.

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  7. Since I remember how much you enjoyed it, I’ll share my tribute to this classic cartoon from my comic last year:

    Save a tree, write a blog!


    • This deserves its own reblog. The spirit of Walt Kelly hovers over you and he is sad, but smiling. Turns out I can’t reblog it because I already did it last year, but I can republish it tomorrow, which I’m doing. The earth surely deserves more than one day. A week … a month … a season, for sure!

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  8. “Use less stuff.” Boy, do we ever need to. I so love George Carlin’s riff on us and our stuff. So funny; sadly, so true. Happy Earth Day, Marilyn.

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