Wednesday will be Earth Day. Much has been accomplished in the 45 years since the first Earth Day in 1970 – the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency that same year, the Safe Drinking Water Act (1974) and major amendments to the Clean Air Act. We drive more efficient cars that don’t spew lead, and Maine rivers are much cleaner.

Yet it’s hard to avoid a sense of foreboding. We worry about increasingly erratic weather and ocean acidification and all of the ways that climate change holds our future hostage. Worrying alone doesn’t help. Letting others know you care – connecting with others to make change is the first step.

The Portland Citizens Climate Lobby asks you to take that small step this Earth Day week. We encourage all who share a concern about climate change to tie a green string or ribbon around your finger.

It’s a small, visible way to indicate you care and that you are part of a community that cares – and a step toward making a difference together.

Come join us at Monument Square on Earth Day. Tie one on for Earth.

Edward Pontius

Adam Pontius

members, Portland Citizens Climate Lobby