Happy 39th Earth Day, Baby!

For the sake of historical context, today marks the 39th Earth Day celebration.  The first Earth Day was proposed by Senator Nelson (D-Wis.) in 1970 to demonstrated to the political leadership that there was broad and deep support for the environmental movement.   He states, “So long as the human species inhabits the Earth, proper management of its resources will be the most fundamental issue we face. Our very survival will depend upon whether or not we are able to preserve, protect and defend our environment. We are not free to decide about whether or not our environment matters. It does matter, apart from any political exigencies. We disregard the needs of our ecosystem at our mortal peril.” In honor of Earth Day, here are some of my favorite eco-minded diapering facts:

1) Each disposable baby produces a ton of trash each year – Yuck! (Real Diaper Association – http://www.rda.org)

2) Our disposable diaper habit consumes approximately 7 billion gallons of oil each year, almost 4 times as much oil as is estimated to be in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mothering Magazine, 2006)

3) Flushing solids from a cloth diaper down the toilet and washing the diapers in a washing machine, the contaminated, dirty water from both toilet and washing machine go into the sewer systems where they are properly treated at wastewater plants.  It is estimated that roughly 5 million tons of untreated waste and a total of 2 billion tons of urine, feces, plastic and paper are added to landfills annually.

As we watch our children grow, it is like watching human evolution in fast forward.  It is impossible to ignore the fact that life is intelligent, complex,  interconnected, and miraculous.  We welcome the responsibility as leaders for our children as well as integral members of our world in terms of each choice that we make and it’s effects both small and wide.  Essentially, they remind us of what it means to be human. : )

Have a beautiful Earth Day!


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