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People's Movements Give "Earth Day" a New Name and Transformative Potential


Environment  (tags: International Mother Earth Day, Bolivian initiative, UN, climate-change, conservation, environment, ecosystems, destruction, forests, habitat, humans, pollution, protection, Sustainabililty, wildlife )

Lynn
- 458 days ago - commondreams.org
Few Americans are aware that in 2009, the United Nations declared April 22nd "International Mother Earth Day." ... drawing attention to the need for people to unite across national borders to confront global environmental challenges.



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Lynn Squance (226)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 11:43 pm
International Mother Earth Day --- it has a nice ring to it. But are we willing to do, internationally, what it takes to sustain the Mother Earth or will we be found guilty of matricide?

Each of us can do more to sustain and cherish Mother Earth . . . I know I can and I will try.

Today in church, our pastor spoke of Mother Earth and used an example which of course I can't remember now. But his example drew to a Superman comic from when I was a kid.. In it, a kid throws a gum wrapper on the ground. Superman reminds the kid that littering is wrong. The kid responds by saying "But it's just one wrapper." Suddenly the kid is no longer visible because he is covered in millions of gum wrappers. The there was a second story of a kid throwing down his bicycle on the sidewalk where it would be in the way of others using the sidewalk. Superman to the rescue again. "But it's just one bicycle.." whereupon the sidewalk was transformed into a sea of wheels and spokes, handlebars and bike frames, all piled high and no kid to be seen.

Just as this mess in which we now find ourselves was not created by one person but had contributions from many, so too the solutions. We need to listen carefully to Mother Earth, venerate her, sustain her. In so doing, we sustain ourselves. We were created for Mother Earth, Mother Earth was not created by us. In the United Church's Creed, there is a line that was added years ago . . . "to live with respect of all Creation."
 

Dale O. (189)
Monday April 22, 2013, 12:58 am
Mother Earth is a treasure that we often take for granted, we must cherish her...walk in her beauty, observe the plush moss covering the forest floor, the beauty of the trees and intricate patterns on the bark while casting our eyes to the clouds and sunshine in the sky, marvelling at shimmering rainbows and treasure this lovely Earth.
 

Pat A. (117)
Monday April 22, 2013, 1:00 am
Thanks for this Lynn - I will send my Earth Day card as now an International Mother Earth Day - with a link to that story, courtesy of you!
 

Beverly M. (85)
Monday April 22, 2013, 1:46 am
Wonderful article ~ thank you Lynn!
 

Lynn D. (0)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 3:04 am
Some place I have an Earth Day mug from the original day ---- years and years ago --- still can't believe that people have NO IDEA as what it is ---- she's our daily gift to each and everyone of us! Thanks for article!
 

John Gregoire (257)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 5:42 am
Thanks Lynn, good one!
 

Sara P. (53)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 6:25 am
A really interesting and wonderful article, thanks for sharing Lynn.
 

Cynthia no frwd B. (260)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 6:26 am
The story in the link is very impressive. I did not know this even tho I personally refer to the earth as Mother Earth. The whole world needs to get invoilved to save Mother Earth and give her back some love
 

Fi T. (16)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 6:29 am
Let's join hand for that
 

Tom Tree (254)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 6:29 am
Awesome article & Thanks for sharing !
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 6:53 am
I don't like the idea. Once you have a successful brand you stick with it.
 

Raul M. (0)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 9:06 am
It's our planet. We must to take care of it.
 
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