Today is the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day. The creation of this annual celebration is credited to former liberal Democrat Senator Gaylord Nelson.
From a very modest beginning it has grown to a celebration in over 175 countries, with an estimated 500 million people participating in various ways to “save” Mother Earth.
Over the last 42 years this “green” movement has given us recycling, CFL light bulbs, solar and wind energy, Al Gore, hybrid vehicles, biodiesel fuel and now electric cars, with mixed results at best.
For me Earth Day is a little more personal as it is also the day my youngest child was born, and not by accident.
Our family welcomed Steven Andre Irvine into this world on April 22, 1992 and he weighed in at 8 lbs, 13 oz. Today as he celebrates his 20th birthday away from home and family he is a 6-foot tall young man weighing in at 160 pounds or so.
I will never forget Earth Day 1992, not just because it is my son’s birthday, but also because my wife chose that day to give birth. You see, she knew that she would have to have a C-section and her favorite doctor was only available on that day of that week to do the operation. I did try and discourage her from the April 22 date, since I really didn’t want a child born on Earth Day, but my pleas fell on deaf ears. And as I’ve learned, it is better not to argue with a pregnant woman.
But I digress.
If there is a silver lining to being born on this date, it is the fact that as a result of all the media hoopla over a dubious agenda, he is able to see for himself how biased the media really are and the true cost of the green agenda.
Happy Birthday Steven, and please feel free to expand your carbon footprint today.