Trucker Mama: Earth Day and 18 Wheelers: What is the Purpose?

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

– Nelson Henderson

In 1962, Rachel Carson published the revolutionary book, Silent Sprint.  In April of 1970 the first Earth Day convened.  That means many, most, of us recall a time before we talked about the environment, before we focused on recycling and when green was just a crayon in the Crayola box.

What we know today is that we don’t have to (necessarily) change for our lifetime, but we DO have to change for our kids and grandkids.  If we don’t conserve resources and protect our environment, our kids and grandkids will not get to live the life we want for them.  Fortunately, nothing inspires us more than ensuring not just a bright future for our children, but a better future. 

We have come a long way in the past 50 years, here are some things trending today:

·         2015 was the hottest year on record - things like maple syrup are at risk because of less sap producing days in a smaller geographical footprint, in part due to warming temperatures.  (No maple syrup?!?!)

·         Pope Francis recently urged more careful consideration of the environment as it relates to social justice, and his words will likely encourage countries to work together on the matter.

·         Legislation was added to the Clean Air Act to address greenhouse gas emissions and promises significant results.

·         The LA Times recently had an article trending about trucking emissions in California.  In the largest state in the continental United States, the dial is getting turned up on the industry to significantly lower emissions.  One can expect similar moves in other states.

·         In Indiana, we are getting ready to have a primary election that actually could impact the candidates selected (not normally the case for us!).  The environment is an important topic.  Here’s a handy guide to each candidates position on a variety of environmental issues.

A thought attributed to a few different great minds: when you know better you should do better.  Another great thought: we’ve come a long way, baby!  And yet, as we will explore next week, we still have great opportunity ahead.  We can ensure an even healthier future for our growing families.  What ideas do you have?

As always, I look forward to hearing what you think of this article and what else you would like to see in this spot. 

Take care of yourself and drive home safely,

Trucker Mama

P.S. We have explored the path to a greener trucking industry, where it stands today and why it matters.  This leaves only one stone to overturn - what the future holds.  Let’s explore together in: Earth Day and 18 Wheelers: What’s coming next?