Posted at 3:47 PM on April 22, 2009
by Julia Schrenkler
Ken Paulman, the new Managing Online Editor for MPR News, asked you to weigh in...Do we still need Earth Day?
"I think there is still a need for Earth Day, perhaps for honest, sober assessments of how far we have come, and how far we need to go. Besides, there must be a few trees left unhugged." - Posted by Bob Moffitt
"Forget earth day... Pluto day all the way." - Posted by Jon
"I think that people have gotten lazy with it. There isn't as much awareness about it as when I was younger. Like many not for profits funding has been cut so drastically they don't have the means to do what they once could. You in pubic radio know better than anyone. I don't own a car and ride my bike or walk as much as I can. I do my best to buy locally grown food to support the economy and ecology in which I live. I recycle and have switched my light bulbs and done a lot of the 'simple day to day things' like many of you. I really think it's important for a day like Earth Day to educate people on the actual state of the planet as well as be a day that calls us to action. Plant a tree, organize a group of people and pick up the trash in your neighborhood. Organize a hazardous waste pick up each month on your block for batteries, used motor oil or paint remnants. There are so many things that can be done which require little effort or time. I think the day is important but it's really just faded into the background. Maybe 'do we still need Earth Day' is the wrong question. Maybe it should be 'what can we do to make Earth Day better?'" - Posted by Jake Money
Is Jake correct, is the question "What can we do to make Earth Day better?" Add your perspective to the comments.