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Earth Day Insights

Now more than ever, the earth is crying out for our help. Natural disasters have become an unnatural common occurrence on every corner of the globe. To turn a blind eye on what we see going on around us every day, even if it doesn’t effect us directly, is akin to being the monkey who sees no evil until it is too late. Our neglect and willful ignorance on this matter is most definitely to our own peril. The common question is often, “Well, what can I do? What small difference can I make?” A lot my friends, a lot. Every little bit helps. According to recent expert reports, at this point we have roughly three years to act, otherwise we’re pretty much screwed. Of course, we already should have been taking steps back in the 70s when the first Earth Day was introduced by Environmentalist Senator Gaylord Nelson, from my home state of Wisconsin, no less, but we still have a small window to make an impact.


Many communities have river cleanups and activities not just today, but throughout the year. Look up what’s going on close to home and start there.


Before Chicago even had the semblance of a recycling program in place, I used to dutifully save up my own recycling in the trunk of my car and take it to my folks’ receptacles back home in Madison. I know, public transport reduces the old carbon footprint too, and I did make good use of the "L" throughout the week. The vehicle was mainly for long distance excursions and visits. Also, don’t buy so much disposable stuff!


Going veggie on a more regular basis may start to become a necessity rather than a fad in the future, so you might as well start trying some tasty new vegetarian and vegan recipes now. Some great resources are found on the Spruce Eats' roundup of "The 9 Best Vegetarian Cookbooks in 2022."


There’s a fantastic new book by one of the best reporters I know, my colleague, Katie Worth. She’s an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning investigative journalist from Frontline PBS who wrote, “Miseducation: How Climate Change Is Taught in America,” and it is a powerful and enlightening read. Also, I was proud to assist her as a student journalist in Marquette University’s O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism program during graduate school. I learned so many valuable lessons from her about dogged determination in reporting, and I will always be grateful. You can order a used copy from Amazon, then share it with a friend.

You can also tune in to my timely podcast today at “Women Who Howl at the Moon.” This is a special Earth Day episode, featuring local astrologer Karen Balistreri, and she has readings of great interest to share for the whole planet. Don’t miss out!



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Colleen DuVall has written articles, plays, short films, and a novel. Most recently, her work has been featured in her new blog, Off The Beaten Path for the Shepherd Express online (, and the Wisconsin Life radio show for WPR. She recently adopted a little grey and white cat named Tessa, after beloved 22-year-old Bootise passed on.


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