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Earth Day Memories, then and now~

22 Apr

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Stuntman Dar Robinson and Actor/Environmentalist Iron Eyes Cody, two kind and gentle men.

 

Many years ago in California, I had the privilege of meeting a person who was often shown in commercials to tug at the heart-strings of us all,  to treat our Planet or Mother Earth better.

This man and I were introduced one night at the Artists and Models Ball in the late 1980′s.

I had been sent to cover the event for the Entertainment section of the LA newspaper I worked for at the time.

Meeting him that night,  I was struck by his gentle, kind demeanor.

He truly was, exactly like the person he portrayed in the Environmental commercials for so many years.

His name was Iron Eyes Cody, or as those of us in California loved to call him, The Crying Indian.

He made a huge impact, just as he and this commercial were meant to do, on the status of a beleaguered Earth and his commercial was ALWAYS a central part of any California Earth Day event.

I will not discuss the controversy over his ancestry, it is not why I admired his work.

What this  man did then and will always do, is to make me aware of  the irresponsible,  often cruel way that Humans treat this place that they owe everything to, while showing her such little regard or respect.

What better way to shake up Environmental ignorance and empathy,  than the image of an Indigenous person disgusted and broken-hearted over  what humans do and have done to Mother Earth?

This commercial and the campaign worked, and began  a movement that started in California and spread throughout the country, to change or at least rethink, our bad behavior.

But that was then, what have we done as a species since then, to lessen our heavy footprint on this Planet?

Many groups and organizations in the United States are working tirelessly to reverse the damage already done, some are successful,  some are not.

The point is, that  because of Earth Day and the promotional awareness that  it brings with it, Environmental Issues remain on the table.

An example, this morning on our local news, was a story that made me smile.

Darden Restaurants Inc., whose home office is in Orlando, has begun a brilliant project.

At several of the restaurants in their chain, they are saving food scraps in a project that has them working together with  Organic Matters, who is a local organic recycler.

These scraps are then being used to feed chicken and cows.

The result of this new plan, is that  less food will end up in our land fills and many more animals will have a better, more natural food source.

It is a win-win.

Can the rest of the country consider picking this great idea up?

I have faith in us, with a little encouragement, we humans do try to get it right.

So, on this Earth Day, if you eat out somewhere, perhaps  you  might ask the owner or manager of the place, if they have heard of this idea and if they would be willing to follow suit?

We have nothing to lose and hearing about all of this, the Crying Indian may just be smiling from his final resting place.

God Bless you Iron Eyes, you were such a special man with a giant,  gentle heart.

I am grateful to have known you,  if only for just one night.

 

Places to learn more:

Darden turns scraps into animal feed

Food Waste Alliance

Organic Matters

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7 responses to “Earth Day Memories, then and now~

  1. Dr. Rex

    April 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Love it!!! Looking good ….

     
    • Gator Woman

      April 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Thank you so very kindly. It was a very long time ago~

       
      • Dr. Rex

        April 22, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        Lol …. still looking good!!!

         
  2. kyangel17

    April 22, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Always loved that commercial with Iron Eyes Cody. So moving, and it made my entire family aware of what we were doing to Mother Earth. My children are grown now, and my daughter is still very aware, and teaching her children to respect our Mother Earth. My sons have forgotten to some point, but my grandson is learning and is aware of what he must do to keep Earth alive and well.

     
    • Gator Woman

      April 23, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      That is great to hear. Thank you for sharing~

       
  3. gpcox

    April 23, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    I remember those commercials, they pretty much put a halt to the people saying I was a tree-hugger and made ‘being green’ as a popular thing instead of an annoyance. I just want to know why we only designate one day for our only home planet and a week or month for other things? We can’t honor anything if we don’t have Earth – nowhere else to go!

     
    • Gator Woman

      April 23, 2014 at 6:44 AM

      Thank you so much.
      Could not improve on what you have said.
      It was perfect!

       

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