When I was in junior high, I was a member of the choir. In addition to wearing a crisp white dress shirt, black slacks, and a bowtie with an elastic band for our performances, choir participation also included singing a host of songs that have left indelible marks on my adolescent memory.
It was in choir that I learned all of the lyrics to “My Favorite Things.” It was in choir that I also learned the holiday diddy “Christmas Is a Feeling.” I couldn’t shake this song. I sang it all during the holidays, I sang it in July. Even today, I’m sitting here humming it in my head, telling you about it. The song isn’t especially well written, the medley isn’t particularly riveting. What got me the most about this song, and resonates with me still today, is the ending refrain: “If Christmas is a feeling, bringing such good cheer, then why O why don’t you and I try to make it last all year?“.
Which brings me to Earth Day. Today marks the 40th anniversary of the holiday. Founded in 1970 by Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day was initially created as a means of inspiring awareness of and appreciation for stewardship of our planet and all of its inhabitants and ecosystems. While that mission remains true today, I would amend it to include a call for daily, consistent, conscientious action on the part of all of Earth’s inhabitants. We’ve really only got one world, as the Black Eyed Peas so poetically detail it. Like the holiday song I learned so long ago asks, if the message of Earth Day brings such good cheer (along with cleaner oceans, skies, arable lands, and so, so much more), then why don’t you and I try to make it last all year? Let’s make Earth Day everyday.