Happy Earth day, everyone! In honor of our ellipsoid-shaped sphere, I thought I would dedicate today's article to our most important holiday. I hope to get get across in this article just how important today is. I suppose I'll begin with a brief history. It's widely believed that Earth Day came about due to this photograph:
This is the first image ever taken of our Earth from the moon. After this photo was published to the masses, it became more difficult to view ourselves as divided nations. Suddenly, Earth was this place that we all lived and we realized we were killing our home with carbon emissions, cutting trees and plant life, and harming nature in general. Out of this thought, was born Earth Day, in 1970.
Since then, with the help of science educators/innovators and their research, we have had to come to terms with how we affect the planet and what needs to be done. Some like to celebrate this day and ignore the facts that come along with it, so it is important to not only revere this day, but to remind the public that "yes, we are destroying the environment" and "yes, global warming, as well as many other factors, our contributing to the reasons we need this day to exist."
In honor of Earth day, some friends and I made this video awhile back:
In all seriousness, Earth Day is one of my favorite holidays and it should be yours as well. I mean, after all, it's all we have until we make incredible leaps in interstellar travel technology. As you go to work today, I challenege you to think of at least one thing you can change in your life to help the environment. Maybe that's picking up trash, or driving a little less, or maybe just not leaving the sink running longer than it need to. There are so many factors that can go into saving our Earth - don't you think it's worth it to save the only ecosystem that's keeping you, your friends, and your family alive?
I'll leave you with my favorite quote of all time by Carl Sagan, which coincides with the first picture you saw on this article. After this picture was taken showing Earth suspended in a beam of light, per Sagan's suggestion, Carl wrote a book entitled, "The Pale Blue Dot". Still to this day, it is my favorite book and I never get tired reading it and listening to it be read by Dr. Sagan himself. What a humbling experience it is to see our large(to us) planet sitting in the vacuum of space as a pale blue dot.
(You can read below as the video plays.)