Earth Day, a Day to #TakeNotice

What if on one day each year, the world would recognize and celebrate all the amazing and life sustaining things that take place on our planet, Earth? Things from animals to water, plants to air, trees to sunlight… we could honor all these things on a day simply called, “Earth Day.” But wait! Senator Gaylord Nelson started Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Then why have we not been acknowledging it as immensely as some other days? We have been essentially overlooking it for the past 45 years! Let this year be the year that we REALLY #TakeNotice.

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I encourage you to #TakeNotice of the amazing environment around you. Take some sunflower seeds off the salad bar in the dining halls to feed the squirrels outside your dorms. When you’re outside, take the earbuds out of your ears and actually listen to the birds. Did you know there’s a bird that makes a chirp that sounds like it’s saying, “Twitter, Twitter?” It’s a Cardinal. Get up early and witness the sky fade from purple to orange in a matter of minutes. When you witness these miracles, share it with the world so everyone can #TakeNotice.

Just by sitting on my back porch one morning, I witnessed what romantic creatures Blue Birds are! The male Blue Bird fed a worm to the female. This intrigued me to learn more about Blue Birds, and I found out they find one mate for life, and let the females pick the nesting location.

Curiosity leads to knowledge. You can learn a lot just be noticing the things around you. Use Earth Day, April 22nd, to really open your eyes. There are events going on around the world to educate about it, just visit earthday.org. Or perhaps your campus has an event or speaker in honor of the day. Educate yourself and be amazed at the world around you.

Sunset 2-2By recognizing and being knowledgeable about the environment you have the potential to make a big impact in the world, hopefully a good one. For example, you could be a part of a housing and development planning board that wants to take out several acres of trees to put in a new subdivision. After they sell the idea of how it could boost our economy, you could bring up the point that it would also be destroying the homes of the many animals that live in that area. Deer, birds, insects – all vital parts of our ecosystem that are overlooked!

On a more personal note, some mornings I can see ten to twelve deer jumping around playing happily in the field behind my house. It saddens me to know that these creatures will be the same deer fighting for a place to live when a developer decides to build houses there, or the same deer that will be in the cross-hairs of some hunter’s rifle…

Be a part of something bigger than yourself. #TakeNotice of the environment around you. Learn about it, and share that knowledge with others.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Dr. Seuss, featured at the end of The Lorax movie: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. “

JessicaAlbright_headshotJessica is dedicated student at Missouri State University. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Marketing, emphasis in Advertising and Promotion. After graduation, she plans to continue her education and earn a MBA in International Management. Jessica likes to get involved, and has leadership roles in several organizations on campus. She is the VP of Publicity for the Student Activities Council, and VP of Social Events in National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She also is involved in Student Government Association, Phi Eta Sigma, Centennial Leaders, and was selected to be a part of the University’s Globalization Special Task Force. When Jessica is not busy with her academics and school involvements, she enjoys being outdoors, and spending time with her family.