Yak it UP!

I've been struggling with the need to get out and about~you know the springtime wonderlust~ it is hitting HARD! I need to get my trailer out, get my gear packed and hit the road....SOON. In the meantime, I YAK'D it up!

Last weekend I hitched my kayak to the back of my truck and hit the road to St. George, KS and then on to Manhattan, KS for a little day playing on the sandbars of the Kansas River. Playing is sort of a misnomer, I actually helped pick up discarded battery cases from decades ago~where some company chose to throw them into the river, by the thousands, and walked away. (my words, not theirs) Here we are, in 2021, dealing with their litter in our drinking water supply. Not only are there battery cases, we have cans, bottles, balls, plastic (everything) and all sorts of unimaginable items that people have discarded. It is time to WAKE up and choose to make a difference in KANSAS! Start here~start in your backyard, and if the Kansas River isn't in YOUR backyard, there has to be a river source that is.

Earth day is designated as April 22. How did it begin?

The First Earth Day in April 1970

Because there was no EPA, no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment. In spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda.~


That's what Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin believed. He was disturbed that an issue as important as our environment was not addressed in politics or by the media, so he created the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. An estimated 20 million people nationwide attended festivities that day. ~ http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/modern/jb_modern_earthday_1.html

HAVE WE MADE A DIFFERENCE SINCE 1970? Are we more or less committed to ensuring that our earth is alive for countless generations? Are we saving the lives of those animals and species that need our help? or are we looking the other way. I can only control myself and do what I can to leave my mark on this earth. If we all took an oath to try to do our VERY best to improve, to leave no trace, to plant food for our pollinators, remove trash when we see it, to help propel policy that will cut down carbon emissions, require corporations to follow guidelines...the list is endless...it can get overwhelming, but we MUST start!!! We are at a tipping point.

EARTH DAY April 22, 2021---> what can you do to make a difference?

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