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COLUMN: Earth Day should be every day

Thursday, April 21, 2011 | 11:39 a.m. CDT
The Social Justice League column-writing team includes Tracy Pfeiffer, Kaitlin Motley, Amanda Doty and Megan Davis

Editor's note: This team-written column is one in a series of five about Earth Day, all written from a different life perspective.

Earth Day is April 22. International Women's Day is March 8. National Pie Day is Jan. 23. Sounds great, right? What's better than a day celebrating something we love? A day to go outside, a day to appreciate women around the world, a day to celebrate the best dessert ever. What could be better than that?

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The Social Justice League fight the powers of bigotry and misogyny wherever they appear. Megan Thomas Davis, Amanda Doty and Kaitlin Motley are all magazine journalism majors who have written for both the Columbia Missourian and Vox. Kaitlin is a department editor for Vox Magazine. Tracy Pfeiffer is a convergence journalism major who has worked for Newsy.com.



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Doing it every day.

Having a single day to celebrate something that happens year round does nothing. Sure, on Earth Day, you might recycle more. But, really, in the grand scheme of things, what does that add up to if it only happens once a year?

Pie is a dessert that can be enjoyed every day. Why would you limit your consumption of that glorious food to one special day? So why do we limit much of our planet appreciation to one day, one weekend or even one hour?

It's no secret: The environment is in trouble. It's in trouble because people don't care. People don't care because they are never outside for pleasure. If you enjoy nature, you will work to save it.

Of course, this is Missouri, where weather is the perpetual antagonist. So, enjoying the outdoors every day is not a feasible plan, but does that really mean we have to set aside a special day to celebrate the beauty around us?

It really is as simple as stepping outside. Eat lunch in the park. Ride a bike to work. Go to the local farmer's markets.

And as an added bonus, many of the fun things you can do outside will actually help save it.

If someone comes and tries to take away your computer, you are going to fight tooth and nail to keep it. If he or she threatens to destroy it, you will try to stop it. So, it makes sense that if you like nature, if you live in nature, you will help preserve it.

So spend Earth Day outside. But don't stop there. Spend weekends in the park, take your dogs for walks and get a group of friends together for your favorite game.

And while you're at it, appreciate all the women around you. And eat lots of pie.


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