We are lucky enough to live on this planet called earth, which makes every day an earth day.
But since today is the nationally recognized Earth Day, let’s treasure Earth’s vast expanse of prairies, mountains, and dry deserts filled with life. We get all of this combined with the backdrop of the ever-changing sky: sunrises, sunsets, rainbows, the moon, stars, and northern lights. Our beautiful earth!
I am in awe of what happens on this earth and grateful to get to live here.
What else makes this earth so special?
1. The air is just the right composition to keep us alive.
2. The sun is not too close or too far; it is at the right distance so we are not burning up or freezing to death.
3. There is water to hydrate our body cells.
4. Food grows abundantly on the land and in the waters to nourish us.
It can’t get much better than that!
But all is not well on our earth as we know. Let us look into what a few others say about what is happening here. I have gathered together three of my green friends to write articles for this day.
Here is the first article outlining a little of what Paul Jimerson, a rampant tweeter @pauljimerson, says about the vast ocean:
“After many years of inland living, I moved to California. My first few weeks in Pacific Grove were ecstatic. I could hear the Ocean from my little apartment and smell the intoxicating sea as I stepped out my front door and walk to Asilomar State Beach in ten minutes.”
An Ocean in Distress
“I began to study the local flora and fauna, the climate (which was miraculous after New England winter), the tides, local history, and spent many hours roaming the beaches and tide pools of Pacific Grove. The more I studied, however, the more alarmed I became. All was not well with the ocean. Global warming, ocean acidification, ‘sea snot,’ and a toxic mixture of plastic and chemicals threatened the very life of the source of all life.”
Plastics in the Ocean
“The topic I focused on was the proliferation of plastic in the ocean. I was alarmed by the ramifications of all that plastic trash. (Read and see more about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.) Plastic is a petroleum-based product, which disperses toxins such as Bisphenol-A, a known carcinogen and hormone disrupter.”
Read his full article: Taking Care of The Ocean
After reading Paul’s article I started noticing how much I use plastic. It is impossible to completely avoid. The keyboard I am typing on is made of plastic and so is my computer and phone. With that said, I do not want to be consuming the chemicals in plastic, and for some very good reasons. Read this article by a colleague, Elizabeth Walker Plastics – Havoc with Your Hormones.
I do not drink out of plastic bottles or eat food out of plastic containers, because I eat real food, not junk food. Because I buy less processed food, my recycling bin contains fewer items. Recycling is better than sending items to landfills, but it still requires energy.
The result of our over-consumption and negligence of nature has a detrimental effect not just on our earth, but also on the lives of the people on this earth. I was further enlightened by communicating with my long-time friend Chinmaya. Did you know that there is a Health Crisis at the Third Pole? Below is part of his article with a video.
Chinmaya Dunster talks to the farmers of the Himalayas
“The rains no longer come on time, and they arrive in great destructive storms. We used to water our crops with snowmelt, now we watch the glaciers retreating before our eyes. Rivers that used to run all year long now flood in spring, washing away our fields, and then dry out by summer, so that we have to go further and further to fetch water.
We know the cause: as a result of human emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, our climate is warming. Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent all over the world.”
Why does it matter to you what happens to us in our remote mountain homes?
The Himalayas are a third pole of planet Earth, storing fresh water in glaciers and streams. They feed ten of the largest rivers on our planet (among them Pakistan’s Indus, India’s Ganges, South-east Asia’s Mekong, and China’s Yangtse) and provide life-giving waters to one fifth of humanity (more than a billion people)”
Watch this beautiful video with all the details: Chinmaya’s Video
After watching that video I had questions.
Are we doing all we can?
What are you doing to nourish and preserve what this earth gives us every second of every day? One of my passions is saving water, and I have many water conservation strategies in my life to help me with this. My friend Carla Janzen is on the same page as me, so she shared her valuable strategies.
Great read, thanks.
This post was modified from its original form on 25 Apr, 14:58
Great article! I learned a thing or two. Thank you Diana.
Yes, it is!!!
Very nice article. In Loving our mother Earth, she will pay back several folds.
It is so good to remember this each and every day.
Certainly the use of plastics is overwhelming and needs to be reduced, it is a toxin and a regular part of packaging when selling many goods to the consumer.
In landfills, birds get strangled if getting their heads caught inside pop bottle ties and they often cannot escape. Far too much plastic waste litters our oceans yet governments seem to be able to do little to stop the onslaught. One sees a lot of packaging in stores that is over excessive, one has to wonder why businesses must over use plastic and not find some alternative that is easier to recycle.
Good points Dale.
So enlightening!Thanks for posting.
History of Earth Day
Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.
At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news. Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962. The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.
Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.
The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.
Everyday take care of plants , trees , shrubbery and lawns near your houses and places of residences.