Celebrate Earth day
Yesterday on Earth day the weather was beautiful. I decided it was a perfect opportunity to celebrate the day in the right environment “nature”. Free spending time without digital stuff is liberating, the real value of being without twenty-first century most substantial addiction opens another world to creativity, curiousness, thoughts and staying in the present. I remember my birthday in 1975, only ten, growing up with a brand-new world of electronic calculators, Atari TV games, digital wrist, and most of all a devoted green activist, dad. Two years later, faced with the dark reality of the 70’s political environmentalism. Most activist back then was seen as criminals, left-winged communist, university students.
Earth Day comes to the suburbs of America
At the beginning of the decade when Earth Day was born on April 22, 1970, the movement was more seen as a part of flower power and hippies’ culture. The power finally came to the suburbs of America; Earth day moved the masses out into the streets and became an icon of environmentalism as we know it now. The once seen criminal is now the true heroes of a new environmentally conscious youth culture, and history repeats itself.
One day, I never forget happened in the autumn of 1977, as my mom on the phone got the sad news, dad and two of his friends, and green activist killed in direct green action. When they barricaded themselves more than 100 meters above the ground, climbing on the top of a factory pipe, they somehow suspiciously fell off (they were somewhat experienced mountaineers). The case never investigated adequately. Nevertheless, we came to know they did not fall accidentally; but killed. The activist mission getting the media’s attention towards what they claimed was one of the largest polluters caused the killings of people, animals and massive areas of nature in Northern Europe. The continuing full story; The 1970s green political activism
Acid rain and Atari videogame
This day became a turning point as I realized it takes more than protest songs, peace signs and long hair to change the world. The fact money rules the world, play the game in the benefits of few. We understood Amazon deforestation, population growth, the war, battle against terrorism, society substantial drug problems. That’s why it is challenging to love America. However, the love of Earth Day, Greenpeace, WWF and the people behind, members whom every day by small actions changes the world, deserve a big happy birthday. And it is those people we love.
Global leadership, the missing link
We need a global, robust and devoted leader bringing the pioneering actions of 1970s Earth day one step further. Humans are the most dangerous animal, opportunistic, like all higher animals, and characteristically greedy. Our intelligence confers the capacity to manipulate others to accumulate power or resources. Easily trained in violent forms of aggression we are. Now that we have accidentally acquired the ability to destroy the climate of this planet, what will we call upon to restrain ourselves in time?
- 1970’s original environmentalists’ style and fashion part one
- 1970’s original environmentalists’ style and fashion part two