|picture: Raili Roy|
This first attempt to start something of this scale on the national level brought all kinds of people together in their neighbourhoods, starting grassroots campaigns to help revolutionize the way we handled waste, recycling, power consumption, and conservation in general.
41 years on, the event has turned into something of a global phenomenon, a time to stop and think about our earth and our impact on it. Some cities even instigated Earth Week. Kinda makes you hope for the next logical steps: Earth Month and Earth Year...
What I like best about it is it empowers people everywhere to make change happen from the bottom up. No point in expecting politicians to make the change and blaming them if nothing happens. We are the change, and politicians better pay attention.
(Oh, and speaking of politics: you do vote green this coming election, right...?)