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John Eyster
Monday, April 22, 2013


I am baffled as to WHY the attention to EARTH DAY seems to have waned in context with growing evidence of and concern about CLIMATE CHANGE. What do YOU think?

We in WISCONSIN have special pride in the fact that our own US Senator GAYLORD NELSON is the FATHER of EARTH DAY. Happy to see that Greg Peck expressed that pride as he started the Gazette editorial, “This Earth Day, recycle reuse” published in yesterday’s Janesville Gazette. See page 6A. (I am not allowed to provide a link. IF you are a Gazette subscriber, you can read the electronic edition online using gazettextra.com. IF NOT, you will need to buy a print edition.)

The “Earth Day” feature article in Wikipedia will provide you with information and perspective on the history, organization and continuing observation of Earth Day. You can use this link to access the article, “Earth Day.”

Are you aware of the fact that there is an “EARTH DAY ANTHEM”? The lyrics are set to the very popular tune of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” Check it out in the Wikipedia’s “Earth Day” feature article.

The Gazette editorial emphasizes the work of the Janesville City Council’s “Sustainable Janesville Committee.” You can use this link if you want to learn more about the committee.

I did check on the statement as to the committee’s mission on the City’s website, “The Sustainable Janesville Committee's purpose shall be to advise the City Administration and the City Council on issues of sustainability. They shall collect public input on sustainability issues, examine potential sustainability initiatives and provide sustainability related recommendations to the City Administration and the City Council. The committee will be a centralized point of contact for all sustainability related items within the organization and the community.”

I follow the work of “GreenFaith” with much interest and appreciation. This group enhances my HOPE for our future since it is international & inter-faith. You can use this link to learn more about the GreenFaith organization and movement.

I want to share the mission statement of “GreenFaith” with you, “GreenFaith’s mission is to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. Our work is based on beliefs shared by the world’s great religions - we believe that protecting the earth is a religious value, and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility.”

I am convinced that for the sake of WE THE PEOPLE of the WORLD we need to REJUVENATE ATTENTION to EARTH DAY. What do YOU think? How shall we REJUVENATE our attention to and observation of EARTH DAY?

Here we go…

Mr. E.

POSTSCRIPT - After putting this post online, I read Mike Ivey's column, "Interesting (and sobering) on Earth Day 43" published by The Capital Times. You can use the link to read Ivey's whole OpEd. I gained information and perspective reading Ivey's column which added to my concern that our awareness of and investment in EARTH DAY has waned. Wondering what YOU think about Ivey's OpEd? Mr. E.

Last updated: 9:20 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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