Earlier this week, on Monday, the world was one heart as it celebrated Earth Day. For over forty years, Earth Day is the one day out of the year where the world comes together and raises awareness for environmental protection. Earth Day helped to jumpstart the environmental movement and the green revolution.
Although Earth Day should be, well, every day, the holiday does indeed introduce groups of new people to a new way of thinking, which is good since we need all the help we can get to protect the environment. Thankfully, aquariums nationwide took part in the celebration as well, offering up special discounts and throwing parties.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore, for example, dedicated its day’s schedule to Earth day, having an Atlantic Coral Reef Dive, a Puffin feeding and a salmon run in 4-D. By all accounts, these events were huge hits, among both children and adults. After all, such events are educational and exciting, and that is a great combination. If only certain schools had that attitude, we all might be better off!
Laura Bankey, the Director of Conservation for The National Aquarium, said, “Earth day is an opportunity for us all to really reflect on the things the planet has given us – food, shelter, water, everything we’ve needed to survive since the beginning.” We should always be thankful for those things. If you have an aquarium at home, I suggest sitting down and staring at it. The swirling colors, combined with the fish, will calm your nerves and give you time to reflect on all of life’s gifts – food, shelter and water. Having a home aquarium is like having an Earth Day…every day.
*Image courtesy of http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/115334main_image_feature_329_ys_full.jpg