Earth Day occurred this week, and it’s a good reminder to think about what we can do to help the Earth. There are so many things. So many options.

A good friend sent me an email with some photos of a local church that had put up a larger banner, about eight feet long, for passers-by to read. “Earth Week: To Do List!” Each day they changed the item of what to do. From: “Reusable Water Bottle” to “Plant More Plants: Less CO2.” Pretty clever.

Other folks are offering specials on things like composters, or organic fertilizers. Restaurants are offering specials like Earth sandwiches while shop owners may have specials on reusable food storage containers, aluminum straws or tote bags for the grocery. Still others are writing articles.

Saving the Earth, wildlife and plant species, oceans, and rainforests isn’t for my generation (or older)l we’ve seen the best of the Earth, I think. Saving the Earth is for the younger people and the babies to be born. It is for all of the generations to come. So that they can see all of the wildlife, plants and world that we are able to see now. Just think, “Rainforests once covered 14% of the Earth’s land surface and now only cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.” – rain-tree.com.

I was thinking about these things this week as I was driving down the highway for business. I decided to turn on the radio and began listening to BBC radio. They were talking about a 16 year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, who began cutting class on Fridays in protest. Why go to school if politicians won’t pay attention to the known facts about climate change. She used her Easter school holidays to tour Europe by train (not a wasteful plane) including meeting with the Swedish parliament, a private audience with the pope, meeting with the prime minister of England, and other political leaders. She did so fresh from the “Extinction Rebellion” protester lines on the streets of London.

What’s unique is that Thunberg doesn’t believe that she can change people’s minds about climate change by herself, but that with others and with science, people will begin to listen. Since she began the “School Strike” campaign last August 1.6 million students have joined the School Strike on Fridays for the Climate.

Thunberg further states that she believes that creating a nonviolent “panic” is what needs to be done.

“We can’t just have a polite conversation about this anymore. With panic, we step out of our comfort zones and realize what is actually going on. Disruption has a lot of impact,” Thunberg states.

When asked what needs to be done? What would you do to fix this? A young 16-year-old Thunberg quietly and smoothly answered, “Listen to the science. Listen to the scientists. A lot can be done. There are a lot of things, even as an individual you can do.”

For Greta Thunberg and millions others to come is why we need to save the Earth.

Reach Lynn Youngblood at TheGreenSpace@sbcglobal.net.