Earth Day, in its current form, is an abomination. Let's infuse it with a modicum of meaning.
Last week, we not only opined on the fecklessness of Earth Day, but also vowed to do something about it.
Today, we're asking you to make Earth Day pledges, in which you promise to take action (any action) that demonstrates your commitment to improving your relationship with the environment. Here's my pledge:
Starting today, I, Patrick James, pledge to reduce the time I spend driving alone in the car. At least once a week for the rest of the year, I'll walk, bike, carpool, or take the bus to work.
Look what I just did. I transformed Earth Day into a springboard for improving my relationship with the environment for the entire year. Is it a big deal? No. Is it grounds for acting smug? Hell, no. (On that note, a truly great Earth Day pledge might be to avoid environmental sanctimony at all costs.) But if I make good on my commitment, my year will be better for it. And I'll probably enjoy my commutes more, too.
Now it's your turn: What's your Earth Day pledge?
Let us know in the comments.