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Earth Day 2007

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Yesterday, April 22, was Earth Day.

The event, held annually since 1970, draws attention to this planet on which we live, and the need for every human being to more aggressively work to preserve our fragile natural environment.

The message must not be taken lightly.

Much attention this year rightly focused on global warming. While naysayers persist, scientific evidence that the earth is undergoing significant climate change is plentiful and undeniable. Ice caps are melting and oceans are rising. Whether the result of earth's natural cycles, human intrusion, or a combination of both, global warming is a reality!

This year's Earth Day seems a good time to reflect on the potential consequences of abusing the environment, while committing to being better stewards over what we have. It wouldn't hurt any of us to take meaningful steps to cut back on the energy we use. When it comes to water in this semi-arid climate, we should all have a conservation mind set. And though our economic abundance encourages unbridled consumption, we could all benefit by recycling more and wasting less.

Earth Day is not a radical concept. Rather it provides a meaningful annual reminder to take better care of what we've been given.

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