After a devastating oil spill in 1969,
it prompted a US Senator in Wisconsin to raise
public awareness of our planet’s decline
and a day was then set for American’s to praise
and honour the world and celebrate its worth
and give inspiration to all future generations
by recognising the fragility of our Mother Earth
and now it’s observed by a hundred odd nations.
In 1970 upon the streets of the States,
20 million people throughout this great land,
held organised protests to demonstrate
against the planet’s atrophy. We should all understand
the threat that we cause was their plea.
By the end of the year, the first Earth Day had led
to the creation of the US Environment agency
with its passage for clean air and thinking ahead.
In 1990 Earth Day went worldwide
and lifted environmental issues on to the stage
and now we know more, it’s up to us to decide
how we protect our world in this age.
Education is the very foundation for progress
as we look towards our future and how changes affect
our livelihood. We must embrace and address
and not ignore the signs and neglect
how instrumental our role on this place we call ours
with its summer and autumn and winter and spring
and value our wildlife, our trees and our flowers
as the seasons rotate and with them they bring
their changes in climate, from hot to cold
and nature provides us food for us all,
as we watch the colours change from green, red to gold
and with it the sunshine and breezes and rainfall.
So this day reminds us that we have to protect
our home and provider and look after her well,
like planting of trees with the ‘Canopy Project’
and spend time enjoying the place that we dwell.
We should get outside and relish the fresh air,
maybe go to the coast and clean up our shores
by collecting the plastic and show her we care,
to ensure our children can value the great outdoors.