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Earth Day is over, but that doesn't mean it should be "out of sight, out of mind."

The pandemic may have changed the way we've celebrated Earth Day this year and last year, with fewer public events. Earthday.org has three days of live-streaming Earth Day coverage that started Thursday.

Topics include reforestation, climate restoration technologies, regenerative agriculture and cleanups, and climate/environmental literacy.

But regardless of whether we're celebrating virtually or in person, we should celebrate our planet every day of the year.

Also, regardless of your political leanings, we should all agree to be caretakers of the earth.

Some people believe we're at a tipping point: a climate emergency that requires immediate action. Others believe climate change has been grossly exaggerated, pointing to past predictions that haven't come to pass.

Regardless of your view, we should all be good stewards of our earth, our environment.

That means pitching in with groups that commit to clean up litter alongside highways. It means participating in river cleanup events. It means knowing what can be recycled into our blue recycling bins and what cannot — and following through by doing it. It means disposing of trash properly and not wasting energy or water.

At its core, Earth Day is about education and action. We should learn what we can do to help our environment and then pass the knowledge on to our children. Then we should put our words into action, setting a good example for the next generation.

News Tribune

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