Today is Earth Day, 2010. This can mean many things to many people. It can be the day that you do something kind for the Earth or the environment. It can be the day that you laugh at all the tree hugging hippies and burn another tire in your backyard. Or, it can be just another day that passes you by without a second thought. But today, for Polar Explorer Eric Larsen..... today is the day that he arrives at the North Pole, reaching his goal on the second leg of an amazing, frozen trek around the world.
To those of you who aren't familiar with what Eric Larsen is up to, here's a quick synopsis: Eric has set out to reach the South and North Poles and the summit of Mt. Everest all in one year, for the purpose of bringing to our collective attention the important issue of climate change. Larsen isn't taking a particularly hardline position on global warming (i.e., who's at fault and what should be done). Instead he's embarked on an epic journey to visit the last frozen places on Earth, and to share that story with all of us, who are presumably a little warmer and a whole lot less preoccupied with global climate change issues than he currently is.
Eric and his team just trekked over 450 nautical miles, each pulling 300lb sleds packed with supplies, across the Northern ice to reach their destination today - with the hope that we might be thus compelled to take a brief moment out of our busy day to stop and think about our beautiful planet and all that it has provided to us.
Please join me in recognizing and honoring Eric's achievement and continued persistence in advocating for what he believes to be an issue of tantamount importance, by sharing with your fellow Newsviners your thoughts about what Earth Day means to you.