April 23, 2012: Every Day is Earth Day

~ by Mary Galvano


This past Sunday, April 22, 2012, was the official Earth Day. Every year we put aside one day to come together and talk, teach and learn about our environment and the challenges we face.

This year let us see if we can live every day like it is earth day. It won’t be an easy task to do. Some days you will want to take those 15-minute hot showers, but we need to start conserving our resources now. God doesn’t stop creating, does He?

For example, we need other options for energy and use of chemicals that end up being toxic for everyone and thing. The way we take care of our lawns is a big challenge. Community boards fine you if you don’t keep a green lawn free of weeds even if it hurts the environment. When I worked at the golf courses, I would get terrible rashes all over because of the harsh chemicals sprayed over the grass. I would warn my junior golf camps not to touch their faces because of the dangers of these chemicals. Just think what they are doing to the animals that have to live in these surroundings. It is a shame we can’t see natural as beautiful.

Golf courses should be more like St. Andrews in Scotland. Did you know that the St. Andrews golf course closes on Sundays and is opened up as a park for all to enjoy? That is how is should be. No worries about hurting the terrain.

God gave us this beautiful planet to take care of and all I can think of is what a mess we have made of it. Yes, there are wonderful things that man has made, too. I make this challenge, though, to all of us; can we live everyday like its earth day? Can we consume fewer products? Can we make due with a one year old phone instead of trading up immediately when the new one comes on the market? Is it possible to be just as happy with less? The benefits will be more money saved along with more earth saved and more energy in our own lives, not to mention a way of thanking God for all He has given us.

Money isn’t the only thing you will be saving. How much time do you use up cleaning things in your home? How much time do you spend buying things or putting away things to keep your home less cluttered? If you had more time what would you do with it? Who would you visit or what book would you read? Maybe we would find ourselves spending more time in prayer.

Some days will be harder than others, but we can do this. Live every day as earth day. Do it this year, get a calendar write down what you do on a daily basis, and share it with a friend. Help someone else be good to themselves and our planet. Most importantly, do this as a way of giving back to The Creator of all.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

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