Earth Day is coming...
It's that time of year again: April 22, 2006, marks the 26th annual Earth Day. Even though in many ways Earth Day is a lot of show without much action, as I wrote last month, there are many signs that Americans have turned a corner and are ready to take serious action to stop global warming.
And thus it's a mixed blessing that even a magazine like Vanity Fair is trumpeting their first-ever "green issue," out on newsstands now. On the plus side, it's great that a magazine so dedicated to glitz, glam and gluttony is praising the work of people who are trying to do right by the planet. But the downside is that, as AlterNet's executive editor Don Hazen wrote this weekend:
The VF editors appear to think the environmental movement in all its facets has no grass roots, no problems with the enormous amount of corporate dumping of toxic waste in poor communities and environmental racism and classism overall. ... While there are some wonderful people mixed in, it is kind of preposterous to just celebrate a gaggle of multi-millionaires, six white male mayors, and Governors Pataki and Schwarzennegger as saviors of our environmental future.To that end, this week AlterNet is looking to you for some balance in this issue. Who are your environmental heroes? Who are the individuals and groups in your community who are working at the grassroots to make the planet cleaner, greener and healthier?
Go to http://alternet.org/heroes today to nominate your heroes, and we'll tally up the finalists to put them up for a vote tomorrow. The whole shebang will culminate in a celebration of your eco-heroes this Friday, Earth Day Eve. So tell us: who are your heroes?