This Saturday is Earth Day. “Earth Day is an annual April event celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.” (Wikipedia). It was first observed on March 21, 1970 – the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere – but has been observed annually on April 22 since 1972.

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Every day there are reports of forest fires, pollutants released/found in our air, water and land. This news should urge all of us to do what we can to protect our earth today and in the future.

We should try to support legislators and other citizens that act to protect our earth. We are all in this together.

Below is my poem for Earth Day that was first published in the RoundTable in April 2008.

Our Future!

– Peggy Tarr

The God Was* sat shaking its head, distressed by hearing what was said
by humans who lied and distorted facts and unconscionably committed barbaric acts.
Compassion and ethics! Where now were they? Why were they so lacking in life today?
It seemed that for humans a major new creed now embraced selfishness, cruelty and greed
and the worship of humans who weren’t very smart, who’d destroy the world or at least play a part.

God Was looked down at some rivers below, so filled with trash they could just barely flow.
God Was saw countries with too much to eat but feeding the starving was too hard a feat.
Good brains humans had originally had. Were they now stupid or had they gone mad?

God Was was saddened and let out a sigh, its breath rushed down to the earth from the sky.
Then a sound reached God Was that made the god smile. It was the voices of children, who, innocently, while
many things in the world were undoubtedly wrong, were loudly and happily singing a song:

“Earth Day, Earth Day! Happy, happy Earth Day!
We’ll pick up papers and bottles, too, recycle cans just as you can do.
We’ll not pollute our rivers and streams. We’ll save our earth working as a team.
We’ll save our earth for its future years, Making each day an Earth Day from now on!”

God Was’ mood was greatly heightened To see that children were enlightened.
This also meant that there were others – teachers, environmentalists, fathers and mothers,
Who cared enough about the earth to fill these children with such mirth
About the need to work each day to keep the destruction of earth at bay.
The God Was repeated the children’s song, echoing their hope that earth care would last long.

(* God Was’ name spelled backward is “Saw.”)

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...

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