Happy Earth Day
We’ve had our share of bills where we want to see at the end of the language ‘April Fools!’ It is amazing what will drive a legislator to introduce bills to ‘correct a wrong.’ Simple nudity is an almost knee-jerk reason for someone to believe their rights have been violated by someone else exercising their “They don’t see it that way, it is a me first attitude.” We need to foster a greater good or general good approach to regulation. The number of bills introduced each year that fall by the wayside indicate there is an attitude of live and let live for most things that are merely a personal preference in life rather than rising to the need to be legislated. The World Naked Bike Rides and Earth Day both point to the need to step back and look at the things we regulate and some of the things we don’t regulate enough.
In 1970 the first Earth Day was that era’s effort to make us look at what we were doing to the planet. Leaded gas, polluted air, and water were the price of progress. But the fledgling environmental movement wanted to draw attention to these concerns and achieved some success. By enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats and people from all walks of life, by the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
While working locally, dedicated volunteers achieved change on a national and ultimately international level to make people aware of how we interact with our environment. Nudist volunteers make these same efforts today to try and change attitudes about nude use and achieve a harmony with our neighbors in use of the lands set aside for recreation. Societies require we make sacrifices to promote a common good. Nudists feel that common good should include the chance to enjoy nature free from clothes! Public attitudes about nudity vary by country and by locality. Our efforts are to educate people that simple nudity is not something to be ashamed of, but something to be celebrated. Earth Day is a celebration of how and why we clean up the environment. That clean earth is a perfect place for nudists to celebrate our freedom and share our message. So Happy Earth Day! Get Naked!