Sometimes I ask myself if biking more often, lugging my reusable coffee cup and remembering to recycle is worth it: do these little gestures even have a positive effect on the environment? These questions were the starting point for Il faut – a song that explores the vicious cycle that is the exploitation of natural resources.
On the 22nd of April, we celebrate Earth Day. I was stunned to learn that we have been celebrating this day since 1970! It was Mr. Nelson, an American senator from Wisconsin, who proposed the first demonstration/protest to encourage an awakening of the public consciousness regarding environmental causes in the political discourse. Many awareness-raising events have been developed since then that have made April 22nd one of the most important secular holiday in support of the environment in the world.
Even if the the mobilization of our institutions and governments is slow and can be discouraging, I remind myself that they are still moving forward (most of the time!). I also continue to remind myself that there are many courageous people who work very hard to keep us moving on this path of progress.
And I am grateful that, at least one day per year, environmental issues are in the spotlight and that this discourse continues to raise awareness and provoke action.
And so, like many others, I will turn off my lights at 8:30 pm to acknowledge Earth Day. I dare to believe that the accumulation of little collective acts like this one will lead us to changing our habits, and that this, in turn, will eventually change the way we live on this planet and to ultimately taking better care of our earth.