To the editor:

As we approach the golden anniversary of the moon landing, it is worth remembering that only nine months later Earth Day was born. And, so, footprints on another world have led us full circle to the footprints that we are leaving on our own planet. The small steps that we all take every day can lead us to giant leaps toward sustainability. Or not.

Earth Week in Red Wing has always been a positive opportunity to focus on the things that we all can do to connect to the natural world in order to preserve, protect, and defend it for future generations.

This year celebrates the environment on Saturday, April 20, with a dawn-to-dusk Barn Bluff hike, a 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. "Bee the Difference Day" at Simple Abundance, a 4-7 p.m. state of the art Electric Car Show downtown, and a 7 p.m. Environmental Learning Center. "Wild and Scenic Film Festival" at the Sheldon.

Monday there is a movie about "Minimalism" 6:30-8 p.m. at Simple Abundance. Tuesday, Fair Trade Books hosts Professor Nate Hagens from 6:30-8 p.m. to discuss the new Energy Crisis. Wednesday, the Red Wing High School Sustainability Club hosts an important "Youth Climate Convening" from 6-8 p.m. at Red Wing Ignite, 419 Bush St.

In its 49th year, this year, Earth Day, April 22, once again provides a focus for environmental sanity. For example, the biggest footprint ever recorded was by a man on the moon. But, here on earth, every footprint we make has six times more gravity. Perhaps this needs to be an Earth Day reminder to tread more lightly on our own celestial body.

Please participate in the lessons Red Wing has to offer with its programs for Earth Week. You'll be glad you did.

Paul Drotos

Red Wing

Paul Drotos is the part-time Sustainability Commission coordinator with the city of Red Wing.