Earth Day is a time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress. Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions. Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet.
Ironic that such an inspiring statement should emanate from a government that has turned a convenient blind eye to the deteriorating state of the planet only to suddenly become enlightened at the end of a second presidential term.
Even more ironic is that on the U.S. government web page for how everyday citizens can get involved with Earth Day, there is a suggestion to join the "Take Pride in America" program:
Take Pride in AmericaÂ® is a national partnership program aimed at increasing volunteer service on Americaâ€™s public lands. It is the goal of Take Pride to empower volunteers from every corner of America to maintain and enhance our natural, cultural, and historical sites.
Yet, does the government really mean what it says?
There's a group of citizens in the Texas Rio Grande Valley who are following to the letter what the Take Pride in America program preaches and they are getting hauled into court by the Department of Homeland Security and are seeing their property rights and civil rights trampled.
Not to mention seeing the delicate balance of nature that exists in the area threatened with destruction because it's too convenient for the government to look the other way as it imposes its will on the people.
Isn't this how the planet got into trouble in the first place?