I could proselytize today about global warming, peak oil, melting polar ice caps, or the Pacific Garbage Patch but, chances are, I won't be telling you anything you don't already know. I could give you tips on changing light bulbs and saving water, but I think those are things you're heard about many times before.
Instead, I simply encourage you to consider the words of Earth Day founder, Gaylord Nelson~
"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard."
This is one of my favorite quotes of all time because it reminds me that living a sustainable lifestyle isn't always going to be easy. It's natural for us to tackle the small, easy stops first -- buying CFLs, recycling, bringing cloth bags to the grocery store -- because they don't take us very far outside of our comfort zones.
When it comes to the things that hurt just a little bit -- getting up an hour earlier so you can bike or take the bus to work -- well, that's when the excuses and rationalizations start.
Our generation might not see a tangible reward from the sacrifices that we make, but we do need to make them. So today I urge you to unplug and spend some time with Mother Earth instead, contemplating what sacrifice you're ready to make for those future generations whose words of thanks we'll never hear.