Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Little Trash Pedalling and Reflecting on Earlier Earth Days

Was it really 40 years ago that the first Earth Day was celebrated?  I remember this song by the late Jim Pepper and his group, Everything is Everything, as having really captured the feeling that was floating around at that time...

There was also a "lighter" version by Brewer & Shipley...

But if you stayed up late at night you were able to hear the best version of all on FM radio...

Rough translation of chant: "Water spirit feelings springin' round my head, Makes me feel glad that I'm not dead"

This Kenyan proverb also applies:

Treat the Earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents.
It was loaned to you by your children.

This afternoon's splendid weather afforded Mrs. Trashpaddler and I an opportunity for a little 'trash pedal' in our local haunts.  As usual, most of the trash was in the immediate vicinity of streams and culverts.  The total was a modest 19 pieces of roadside litter.  The breakdown: 8 recyclable (2 redeemable) and 11 miscellaneous rubbish.  Combined with an even more modest haul of 3 plastic bags while paddling the Concord River yesterday, my YTD total stands at 1802.  Happy Earth Day!

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