If Earth Day was a real person, would it be sulking in a corner, scowling, "GET AWAY!" when Arbor Day and Valentines Day bopped in with black balloons a giant shiny "OVER THE HILL
Or would it be all, "WOO-HOO! Whose taking me out for a spring water cocktail after work?" (No. Earth Day does not do Jager-bombs. I don’t even want to think about how many kinds of wrong that would be . . .)
From a personal perspective (which I do not technically qualify to have since I have not yet gone over the hill reached 40 years), I would wager that Earth Day would be having more than one of those spring water cocktails during happy hour today. True, a famous friend of ours is trying to convince the world that MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE YESTERDAY BECAUSE MIAMI AND NEW YORK AND SOME OTHER AWESOME PLACES NOT IN THE US ARE GOING TO GET WASTED BY A GLACIER TIDAL WAVE BEFORE YOU CAN SAY WIPEOUT. The jury is still out on that and the Mayan 2012 theory.
However, like our famous friend, most SANE people agree that the need for smarter use of resources is indisputable. Except for the dude who is still topping off his 4 mile-to-the-gallon 1981 SUV Dinosaur-mobile after litter-bugging plastic water bottles out of his window (I call that Messing With Texas no matter where you do it.) He probably also denies that dinosaurs ever existed or that they all got dead because they ate themselves out of house and home. Or maybe it was a dinosaur-hating meteor passing by who was like, "POW! Take that, giant lizards!"
But getting pwned by a meteor is a digression from the point of this post and leaves no room for behavior modification. I may be a “YAY! The glass is half full” person but I do believe Earth Day prefers 2010 over 1990 because the planet is getting smarter. Look here: the proof is in the code.
Here at IBM, we are all for behavior modification for a Smarter Planet. Come see us at your local Pulse Comes to You event to learn more about building a smarter planet with IBM Software.
Happy Birthday Earth Day! IBM's got your back.