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Earth Day Health Thoughts For Our Future Generations

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Happy Earth Day!

April 22nd is celebrated worldwide as Earth Day. A movement that started in 1970’s, Earth Day has become a marker of awareness and support for environmental protection.

Today more than ever, our precious Earth is stretched to the limit to provide its population basic needs: clean water, clean air and clean food.

Today I put my foot forward and I ask myself (and you readers) to take a moment to reflect on how protecting our earth’s environment also protects our personal health, both on a physical and mental level. Here I go, it sounds blasé, but if each of us does our small part to protect earth’s rich resources we all benefit in the immediate term and for future generations. I try to motivate myself but I have these thoughts:

                Well, what can I do? I am just one person.

Is this the right attitude? (reassure me that one person can still make a difference, right?)

And then I also get angry because it seems that some corporations and politics, with respect to long-term environmental issues, look at their interests in the short-term. How frustrating to see these two entities on a worldwide spectrum, play with fire with our delicate environment. How can we change big business and big politics?

                I feel swallowed by the overwhelming power of these groups.

Do you have suggestions on how to ‘fight’ big business? Please share your story.

Then I look at my kids. Sometimes we are around the table, eating together, all four of my children-young, healthy, growing. And I get madder still because I see the impact directly (on my plate and in my glass) of how we play crazy games with our environment. The way we mess up this delicate balance between what is supposed to happen in nature to what doesn’t happen. As I look down at the food and drink we are eating I ask myself quietly,

Is it safe?

My kids also ask me questions I cannot answer. Mom,

                Why are the bees dying?

               Why do we filter our water? 

                Why do some countries pollute and waste so much?

Each day I turn on the news or zip through the internet and there is another headline about an environmental disaster or study on how our environment is playing havoc with our personal health.

I wonder too,

                Why are girls getting their periods so much earlier?

                Why are spermatozoa counts in boys and young adults half of what they used to be?

                Why are rates of certain types of cancer (that used to be rare) increasing in even younger children and adults?

Environment, environment, environment….

 I am scared. For my kids mostly. They will (hopefully) be around longer than me.

On this Earth Day, I would like to spread a call of action for myself and for all children in the world:

Awareness, Action, Accountability.

I promise today and everyday to try to do my small part to help our precious earth. I cannot promise to be perfect, but I will do my best. I will try not so much thinking about myself, but for my kids and for all future generations and populations worldwide.

Do you agree?

On this Earth Day, I leave you with this poem:

Earth Day Anthem

Joyful joyful we adore our Earth in all its wonderment
Simple gifts of nature that all join into a paradise
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love throughout all time
With our gentle hand and touch
We make our home a newborn world
Now we must resolve to protect her
Show her our love throughout all time
With our gentle hand and touch
We make our home a newborn world

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