In preparation of Georgia Tech's 2019 Earth Day Festival, students, staff, and faculty were asked to submit articles about what Earth Day means to them. Interested in submitting an article? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Earth Day Reminds Us by Thiago A. Esslinger
Earth Day represents more than just a day of the year to celebrate the environment, but it is a reminder to care for the planet that has fostered all life we know today. It represents a commemoration of all the achievements of our species and the necessary improvements to continue supporting nature. Moreover, we must recognize the privilege we have by living in Atlanta with enough water to brush our teeth, take long showers, wash our hands, fill our water bottles, and even sprinkle the grass. Additionally, we must further realize the environmental cost of those things we take for granted in our everyday lives. We must not say “that’s life,” or “whatever I do won’t make a difference” because everything you do does make a difference. Your vote, your recycling, your choice to be kind to a random stranger you see passing by-all of these things affect someone.
Accordingly, we must have a common adoration and respect for our Earth, because it truly is in our hands. The future generations need us to amend our behavior, and luckily we are starting to. From the discovery of new sustainable methods to effective renewable resources, the future has never looked so bright. The United Nations does proclaim we have approximately twelve years left to ameliorate the situation, but it is time to start talking about what we have done right, what we will continue to do right, and why we keep on fighting until we can ensure that our children and grandchildren will have a better world to live in. I believe if we look at the uncountable opportunities awaiting our intervention, we can learn so much and waste so little. I remember visiting a hydroelectric plant in the Alps and being amazed at the human ingenuity that allowed us to harness the power of nature without polluting it. I remember learning about the numerous possibilities of renewable energy for the first time and feeling fascinated at how we could change the world. I remember watching the television when the Paris Climate Accords were announced worldwide and change was going to be made. Why wait any longer? Change is going to be made everyday until our last, and only together can we combat the Climate crisis.
The year is 2019, and this is the 49th Earth Day to be celebrated; the 49th reminder since 1970. The promises are limitless, and all we have to do is change.