Today is Earth Day. You might know this because NBC Universal has had its corner logo in green on all the stations this week. Or you might know because you are seeing a lot of the hashtag #EarthDay on twitter. Or maybe you don’t know! I actually thought it was a different day of the month until my mom corrected me – she claims it’s forever engrained in her mind because her school had a big celebration the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970.
Anyways, I’m enjoying reflecting on “what does Earth Day mean to me this year”. My fiancé and I did bring our traveler mugs to Starbucks to get free coffee this morning. I’m turning out the lights in empty rooms. I’m always a walker and public transportation taker so I’ll stick with that today as well.
But, I’m a bit cynical when people just market the color green (it ain’t St. Patrick Day!) and even create a one day product that honors the day – seems a bit wasteful! So when I heard on the news this morning that the Chicago Cubs were “going green” for Earth Day, my first thought was that it was wasteful for them to change their uniform colors to green for the day!
Well, shame on you, Brittany, for not listening to the full story. After researching it to blog about the “Green Cubs”, I found out that the game is actually being sponsored by Constellation Energy and powered with 100% renewable energy. Now that is cool.
Well, here is my charge to you. Be green this Earth Day! Find small ways to change your habits to be more friendly to the Earth….and please don’t do it by simply wearing the color green!
Brittany Martin Graunke is the founder of Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Brittany on Google+ or on Twitter at @ZealousBrittany. You can find Zealous Good on Facebook and Zealous Good on Twitter at @ZealousGood.