Wikipedia states that (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day):
Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day is celebrated in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Earth Day Network, a group that wishes to become the coordinator of Earth Day globally, asserts that Earth Day is now observed on April 22 on virtually every country on Earth. World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5 in a different nation every year, is the principal United Nations environmental observance. Many communities also celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of environment-related activities, the first of which occurred in Philadelphia in 1970 (starting April 16 and culminating on Earth Day, April 22.)
What could be bad about inspiring awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment? With all the talk about Global Warming, floating islands of trash in the oceans, etc., Earth Day would seem to be more relevant than ever.
We live in a planet with limited resources. Yes, Earth is vast and has plentiful resources, but for far too long it seems we have simply taken advantage of that without regard to the consequences. Earth Day is in part a recognition of that.
But even those that promote an Earth friendly attitude are not without fault. The Daily Beast had an interesting take about Celebrity "Earth Day Poseurs." (http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-04-21/earth-day-poseurs/?cid=hp:beastoriginalsL3).
The bottom line is we can all do more.
But there are still amongst us, those that deny global warming and fail to see the danger in peak resources.
Doesn't it strike you as ironic that all too often these same people are conservative, right-wing, evangelicals? Is it because they only care about the here-after? What about the here and now? What about the quality of life of our children.
No one among us can solve the World's problems, but each of us should, as part of our own moral obligation, take whatever steps we can to make the Earth a better environment for us all.