Sunday, April 22, 2007
Happy Earth Day
I saw Google's logo today and wondered if it was the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. But no, that was April 12. Today would have been my grandmother's birthday. She was born 10 days after the Titanic went down, but she wasn't associated with icebergs, and Google wouldn't be honoring her birthday.
No, today is Earth Day, and Google is celebrating by making their logo look like an iceberg. I'm not exactly sure what that's supposed to mean. Are they saying the earth is warming so fast, the ice is melting? That we need more ice, so they're pitching in to do their part? That they're freezing their butts off at Google headquarters?
Is global warming all there is left to talk about on Earth Day? What happened to the Earth Day people encouraging us to ride our bikes to work and to stop littering? What happened to the good old days, when we could cut up the plastic rings from our six-packs and be saving the environment?
The Earth Day Network is dedicated to helping coordinate Earth Day events around the world. Their website offers Earth Day in a Box, for organizing an event (a little late for that now, but you could get a jump-start for next year), a request for preachers to give an Earth Day sermon, and a program to "Offset your Event's Carbon Emissions." I wish I knew how to sign up as a carbon-offset provider. Now that I'm not driving to work on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (Tuesdays and Thursdays are school, which is just as far as work was), I could offset someone else's guilty driving, and get paid for it!
The Earth Day Network also has a spot for you to pledge to switch from Thomas Edison's lightbulb to the energy-efficient type (what a wastrel Edison was!). But they don't have anyplace for you to tell them you switched almost four years ago, when you bought the house you're in. And they're hoping you don't notice that they're pretending the recent news reports about those energy-efficient bulbs don't exist. You know the ones: that the bulbs are made with toxic materials that could harm the environment.
Anyway, it's good to have Earth Day, because it's a reminder that the earth is still here, and we're still on it. We'll take care of it as much as we can without breaking the bank.