This year Earth Day falls on Sunday, April 22. As of Friday, the Pilot has not received or heard of any notices announcing Earth Day events in Curry County.
Will this year be a repeat of last year, when there were no celebrations, proclamations or events about Earth Day to speak of?
Why is there nary a trash pick-up party or tree planting effort planned? Are there no Earth Day-related projects at our public schools? Where are the Earth Day press releases from local or state conservation organizations?
Here at the Pilot we were looking forward to publishing feel-good stories and photos about local Earth Day activities.
Sad to say, this isn’t the first time that Earth Day has passed quietly in our corner of the world. The honeymoon is definitely over.
That’s not to say that people don’t care about environmental issues. Some do. The volunteer group called the Curry County Trash Dogs regularly finds and rids our local wilderness areas of illegally dumped trash. Dozens of people participate in the twice-yearly Oregon Beach Cleanups. Occasionally, we spot individuals carrying a sack and picking up trash during their daily walk.
There are some small things each of us can do.
Reducing waste at home is as easy as using washcloths and cloth napkins rather than paper, saving containers for reuse, and buying in bulk to reduce the number of wrappers we send to the landfill. We can recycle nearly everything these days (including this newspaper). Our local trash company, Curry Transfer and Recycling, accepts electronic waste, metals and other items for free.
We can turn off lights and minimize the use of electrical devices such as heating and air conditioners, televisions, washing machines and dishwashers.
Let’s not wait until the next Earth Day to start doing these things. Do them now – for the sake of humanity and the Earth.