Our View: Who says Earth Day can’t be every day?

KS Editors

Summary: Even though Earth Day has come and gone, that doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate it every day. As college students, we sometimes forget to stop and smell the flowers, except on Earth Day. Let’s try making the world a better place every day.

There are so many holidays that we celebrate once a year where we all stop what we are doing and appreciate something that we may take for granted.

On Mother’s Day, we appreciate our mothers. On Valentine’s Day, we tell someone how much we love them. And on Earth Day, we celebrate the gorgeous planet on which we live, planting trees and conserving energy all around the world.

But why do these holidays only have to be one day?

As college students, we take a lot of things for granted. It’s what we do. It’s who we are. And I think sometimes we forget to take care of the planet while we are all jumbled with our busy day-to-day lives.

But there are so many things that we can do in order to make the world a little better, things that I’m sure we’ve all heard before. 

Try turning off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth, making sure all of the lights are turned off before you leave a room and printing on both sides of paper. These are things that we could be doing everyday, but, for some reason, most of us only remember to do on Earth Day. 

There are countless numbers of times where you’ll see multiple people at the Student Center who throw away their trash rather than recycle it. Or, your neighbor up the hall who can’t seem to ever remember to shut off the light to the laundry room. 

Although they may not seem to be making a difference, you still can by keeping these best practices in mind everyday. Work to use less power, and make things last in all parts of your life. You can be thankful in the long run just like our future generations can. And since we are living with the mistakes of our past ones, it should be important to break the cycle.

So while you are reading this over your morning cup of coffee (or whatever your morning habit may be), think about recycling this paper when you’re done with it. And while you’re at it, you might as well pick up the phone, call your mom and tell her how much you love her too.

The above editorial is the general consensus opinion of The Kent Stater editorial board.