We’re one week away from Earth Day, but I see few events advertised throughout western New York. Sally Cunningham’s April 7 gardening article was the only one with positive suggestions for a better earth. Some towns have drop-off sites for televisions, computers and medicine that can’t go into landfills. This is nothing more than spring cleaning our homes for a few hours to rid them of junk. And the mayor of Buffalo is going to plant a tree.
There’s concern about serious climate changes, exploding world population, severe loss of natural resources and animal habitat destruction. Buffalo has such incredible universities and medical hospitals, they could be used as resources along with businesses to host speakers and scientists who are knowledgeable on climate changes impacting us now.
Environmental groups, organic farmers, town conservation committees, schools, clubs and nurseries could participate also.
Education is the key to changing the future. We need to enlist the help of leaders in the community. There’s no better way to mark the 50th year of Earth Day than to get the ball rolling now.
Linda Jenkin Costanzo