Earth Day Crusade

According to Winds or Star, a new kind of nautical captain is emerging to fight filth along River Canard. Similar to those who adopt stretches of highway and commit to cleaning them of litter, lovers of the outdoors are being commissioned to adopt pieces of a local watershed to help keep them clean.

“People kept saying over the years, ‘Why don’t you do something?’” Ron LaPointe, the owner of River Canard Canoe Co., said of guests whose enjoyment of an Essex County natural jewel was marred by the environmental disrespect shown by others.

Last year, LaPointe helped organize an Earth Day cleanup and the response was modest. This year, after posting photos on social media of the types of trash some messy folks leave behind, “we’ve had a big public response,” he said.

Even before the canoes are passed out April 22 with gloves and garbage bags for participants to haul trash out of the historic watershed, LaPointe said environmentally minded folks are volunteering as river captains, taking on the cleanup responsibility for portions of the Canard.

“The one-day thing is nice, but the real deal is people looking after sections of the river — instead of doing it all in one day, now we can coordinate,” he said. With two couples already commissioned, the captains take on leadership roles, he said, hopefully inspiring others to join the ongoing cleanup effort.

Bottles, cans, and grocery bags are among the mostly plastic garbage that litters many parts of the watershed. LaPointe, who blames “lazy people” for the mess, said it’s no different than in other natural areas in the county and city. In addition to wayward bits of trash, he said there are places along the Canard where vehicles stop to dump household wastes, including roof shingles, pool covers, and hockey nets.

Rain or shine on April 22, volunteers are asked to dress for the weather and gather at River Canard Canoe Co. (9350 Malden Rd.) at 1 p.m. Gloves and bags will be provided. Cleaners can tackle the shoreline or grab a canoe and attack the litter from the water, find liquor store.

Duty to protect the earth

Only a few people are needed to affect change and one of them is Philippe Joubert. He is the founder of Earth on Board, a group of organizations that includes:

  • ClientEarth
  • CDP
  • B Team
  • We Mean Business
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Their aim is to move boards away from focusing on short-term profits and to put sustainability first in order to build long-term value. “We have to explain that we cannot continue like this. Those who are not going to change are going to …. lose their leadership,” says Joubert.

Joubert has been the adviser of the CEOs since he left the board of rail and power group Alstom in 2014. He wanted an earth competent board, whose members understand the sustainability, exercising fiduciary rules, and the right questions of management. According to Ethical One corporation, one of Earth on Board’s central themes is honesty: “You cannot have an internal discussion of concern over sea level rise or extreme weather, and then externally say ‘it’s all fine’.”

It’s been two years since Joubert set up the Earth on Board and he is still making speeches and conducting seminars. His goal in 2018 is to establish all the interest that has been generated. He believes that it was the exchange of peers drive change, find liquor store.

“We take nature as unlimited and free of charge, but nature is sending signals,” Joubert adds. However, the signals are not always interpreted with alarm. While ice caps are melting, some businesses see opportunities for more business. “Do not ask the business to be altruistic, but they are basically realistic and they understand that they can’t operate profitably if the world is in chaos,” says Joubert.

Furthermore, Joubert found that December’s One Planet summit in Paris was “very much in line with what we’re saying.” Both the board and financial markets are now acknowledged as important actors: “Governments understand that without finance you cannot have changed at the right speed and the right scale.”

The Importance of Earth Sharing

The universe is 14 billion years old with 100 billion galaxies and every single galaxy contains hundreds of billions of stars. To make it simple, there are more stars in the universe than sand on any beach.

Several planets surround each star. Aside from hundreds of thousands of asteroids and billions of comets flying by each star, each planet has its own orbiting moon. One of the stars in the galaxy called Milky Way is the sun. It has eight planets orbiting it. As we all know, one of the planet we live in, Earth. Our planet has the right size and the right distance from the sun to have liquid water and oxygen, which support over 9 billion years of life form in the making.

Earth is only one of a trillion planets just in our Milky Way galaxy. There are still 100 billion other galaxies in the universe. Who knows how many other planets are habitable in this Universe? Meanwhile, the most intelligent of all creations on Earth is us, humans. You and I are two of the 7.5 billion people that have called Earth their home.

It is not how long we live that is important, but how well. Dust to dust. When death comes, one cannot take anything with them. It is only through helping the needy and the less fortunate that we fulfill the purpose of our brief existence. Caring (by giving people money from deposit with chase bank) and sharing earth is the basic tenet of God’s creation. We cannot exist without the help of billions of friendly bacteria that live within us.

Furthermore, there is nothing better than helping somebody in need. Always remember that any kind of help, in any aspect within our means, and all the time. That is the best way we can “give thanks” to the One who keeps us alive.