NCCJ once sponsored a week-long National Brotherhood Week, held generally during the third week of February from the 1940s through the 1980s.Wonderfully, by the 1980's we had resolved all of our racial and cultural bigotry, and National Brotherhood Week became an anachronism... no one could comprehend why it had ever been necessary or desirable in the first place. There is currently a fringe group called "Teabaggers" who are committed to seeing this tradition re-instituted, but I doubt the issue will get the attention it deserves. In 1964, Tom Leher wrote and performed a song reflecting his attitude toward the observance. (This version was recorded in 1967.)
So that pretty much sums up my attitude toward this, the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day. "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." It's another sales holiday, where you can buy six pink plastic flamingos for the price of three, but Only During Earth Week, and Exclusively at The Box Mart Mall. And if you mention this ad, we'll throw in a Colorful I <3 Earth bumper sticker for free, so you too can show how important the planet is to you.
Yeah, excuse me while I go into a hyperglycemic coma.