Holidays are important. They give us time to commemorate a meaningful event and help us ponder what that day signifies to us. This past week was St. Patrick’s Day. It is an important holiday for my family. My father grew up in the town of Ardoyne in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ardoyne is infamous for the violence that took place during “The Troubles”. My grandfather also passed away on March 17th, 1996. St. Patrick’s Day is a time when I celebrate my Irish heritage and all that my family has overcome. But I frequently reflect on the values my father and grandfather have instilled in me: hard work, determination, and compassion.
Three other important days approaching are World Water Day (3/22), the day of the Earth Hour (3/27), and Earth Day (4/22). Each of these days represents crucial initiatives in our global conservation efforts. World Water Day was born out of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in 1992. Droughts are occurring in many parts of the US and millions around the world rely on unsafe drinking water. Earth Hour is 60 minutes of international solidarity against climate change. Communities all over the world are experiencing the tragic effects of an exploited planet. Lastly, Earth Day was created in 1970 when 20 million Americans took to the streets to protest pollution.
Want to join the party?
To support World Water Day join the longest toilet queue in history at an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Turn off all your lights at 8:30pm local time on March 27th to join the Earth Hour. Finally, here is a list of various Earth Day celebrations.
These days are a reminder to reflect on the importance of water, climate change, and our planet. However, don’t stop celebrating when each “holiday” is past. We need to stop observing conservation just for one day or even one month. I think of my Irish values often because they are important. Let’s NEVER forget about water conservation, global warming, and our planet. Think of our Earth in everything you do, because “good planets are hard to find”.
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