Earth Day ~ April 22nd, 2010 ~ Worldwide
For the second time this week, we’ve all been gifted the chance to take part in the greatest environmental celebrations of the year. Being brought up by parents who listen to Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and The Dead, and who now run an organic farm/hippie antique shop/definitely grow hash somewhere out in those woods…, I feel it’s my duty to share the joys of Earth Day with you all.
Today, April 22nd, marks the international celebration of Earth Day. Started in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, this inspiring grassroots movement has now become a worldwide annual event. Over 20 Million people participated in the inaugural Earth Day, with cities and councils organizing community efforts, schools and businesses lending their time and hands towards environmental projects, and university students and campuses – already equipped with vast movement connections and resources from the ongoing Vietnam protests – leading the charge for the public eye. Spurned from a very simple idea, the first Earth Day proved an incredible success – one powered solely by human energy. As Senator Nelson recalled, “Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day: It organized itself.”
As snowboarders, the health of our planet is paramount to our experience. Shorter winters, erratic weather patterns and changing snow conditions are primary impacts to our days on the hill, with the larger picture and its potential issues looming on the horizon. We’re a people – a community of friends – who should take this day to remind one another of the reliance on our beautiful Mother Earth. She’s a fickle, hot-headed mistress at times, but has been thanklessly providing for us since day one. From the first park skate to the last powder hike, the Earth and its cycles are there for us all, each and every day of the season. Year after year, we’re granted incredible winter and mountain environments for us to ride, and the loving, selfless gifts of the world should never be forgotten.
Take your time and find your moment outside today. Above all, Earth Day is a celebration. Live near the water? Rake the beach before jumping in. Call the mountains home? Set out in the woods with your friends, but carry a trash bag along with you. City kid? It’s called public transit – and it’s way more convenient than you think. No one is expected to hold the flag and lead the march down Main Street (least of all, any of us awkward snowboard weirdos…), but in your own special way, find your place. Sweeping, global environmental action is a crucial, eventual goal, but worldwide personal appreciation is an incredible way to begin.
Snowboarding is our life. Mountains, winters, snowfall and friends – today is the perfect chance to give thanks for all that we have.
Happy Earth Day, to all.