It’s kind of important.
It’s where we live.
And, to have a day to call attention to it is appropriate.
We’re talking about the Earth.
April 22 — today — is Earth Day, and it will be marked with educational events and activities.
Earth Day recognizes the day when the environmental movement started, and, in places like Ketchikan where that movement is believed to have had negative effects on the economy, all of us might not be inclined to appreciate its impetus.
The environmental movement played a role in the lead-up-to and eventual closure of Ketchikan Pulp Mill, which provided hundreds of jobs locally and throughout the area.
But, 25 years have passed since then.
In other words, times have changed.
The Earth is less taken for granted than it might have been back in the day. Climate-change talk is all the rage. The climate and most other aspects of the planet are watched and debated endlessly.
It is prudent, however, to be cognizant of the Earth and its changes. It is always changing and has been forever. Some of those changes are good, while others aren’t.
With today’s technology and education, it is possible to help protect the good and alter the way things are done to eliminate the bad.
This is a necessary effort for one generation after another. The idea is to keep improving both current and upcoming circumstances.
In the meantime, all of us can celebrate what we enjoy about this globe on which we live — the fishing, the hiking, the scenery, the rain and whatever else might be remarkable. The aroma borealis of a few days back might be another site of which we are appreciative. Or simply the stars on a night with a cloud-free sky. Or the rippling or rushing of water in a creek.
Living in Alaska, we all have sites and experiences we appreciate. And, in Alaska, we are blessed with some of the best.
Let’s take time to count these blessings today, Earth Day.