Humans are selfish. Some more than others, but almost every human being, including me, wants good things for themselves. But at an early age it's important to develop awareness about our home. First there were the seas, the animals, the wonderful trees and plants and flowers. But humans came along and over time came cars, planes, factories, garbage, plastic, gasoline, oil, and guns and bombs. We cut down the trees. We pollute the air. We kill the animals for coats and fur. We throw garbage in the ocean and kill dolphins and whales. Drive cars too much when we could ride a bike for a short distance.
What about all of the important things in life? What about all of the other species, they have just as much of a right to be here as we do. But most humans don't care. We are lazy and careless and greedy. We want to have everything for ourselves.
My little sister, Annabel and I did a video for a contest about saving the planet.
What we learned is that just doing little things can help. Turning off the water when you brush your teeth or taking shorter showers, or turning off the lights when you're not using them. Also unplugging things like cell phone chargers, TV's, computers and radios at night can help save a ton of energy.
I really hope that one day, if I ever get anywhere with my music, that I'll be someone who tries to help others and not just myself. Here's a good example of someone who did that. I'm sure he loved Earth Day. Even though he's no longer with us, he left this to remind us of what he stood for.
On April 22nd, I hope each of us find some way to help our wonderful home. And maybe, if we all try to make a change, every day can become Earth Day. Remember, it all starts with the Man in the Mirror.
For more suggestions about helping the earth, go to Jane's blog.