A little late for Earth Day, I’m linking to this wonderful video that has entertained and motivated me many times since I first saw it when I was five years old.
I can’t say that it was this singing Earth who first inspired me to care about the environment. My parents set a pretty good example and taught me many sensible ideas about avoiding waste and pollution, so I can’t remember a time when I was totally oblivious to concerns about taking care of our planet.
But over the many years between my ceasing to watch Saturday morning cartoons (note to young folks: Schoolhouse Rock segments like this one used to be shown in between cartoon programs) and Schoolhouse Rock becoming available on video and then on YouTube, the singing Earth popped into my mind frequently. I would read about deforestation and hear him plaintively singing, “The fires got higher and higher; the clearings got wider and wider.” That hole in the ozone layer was, in my mind, the bald spot in poor Mr. Earth’s cloudy hair. Sometimes when I was tempted to chuck my aluminum can in the garbage or sheath something in plastic wrap, I would picture his gentle face and reconsider. Mother Nature? Sure, that’s a pleasant concept too, but when I personify our planet I tend to picture this earnest, kind of worn-out, but hopeful guy.
Come on, people! It’s been 34 years! Please listen to his message! It’s so simple:
If everyone tries a bit harder,
Our fuel will go farther and farther.
Turn that extra light out! How can you say no to the singing Earth? That final ten seconds may be the cutest thing I have ever seen on television.
By the way, if you have any leftover prescription drugs you’re not going to use, instead of polluting Earth’s water supply with them, take them to National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 28! Enter your zip code to find the collection location nearest you.
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