Thursday, April 20, 2006

That Earth Day Thing

Earth Day is such a misnomer. Overblown and overhyped, it now seems just an excuse to spend one day of the year doing something 'good' for the planet. Yet we still drive SUVs, buy overpackaged consumer goods and still muse on the necessity of building nuclear plants. What we should really be doing is rethinking our way of life and rebuilding it to one that doesn't overbuild, overpollute, and overprocess our way out of existence. Mother nature keeps hinting about what's to come, we're just not listening hard enough. The problem with nature is that it likes thresholds. If we keep going the way we are now we're going to cross one of those thresholds and it's not going to be a doorstep - it'll be a cliff.

Sorry for the rant (at least River Rat will like it). Anyways, if you still want to do the Earth Day Thing, there are a couple of events in the Don this weekend where you can assuage your guilt. On Saturday, April 22 starting at 9:30 AM, Friends of Riverdale Farm is hosting a tree planting event. It will be down by the ponds, just follow the path lined with shovels.

On Sunday, April 23 at 12 noon, Friends of the Don East are holding a tree planting in Taylor Creek Park. It is in the Dawes Road area at the foot of Halsey Ave. Here's a map for directions.

1 comment:

Kat said...

Ranting is good Donwatcher, as long as its followed up by action. I'll see you on Saturday, rain or shine.