Today is Sunday, 22 April 2012. America is celebrating today as Earth Day. The Earth Day Network gives some of the history and details about this important day. But, basically, today America stops to reflect and appreciate the wonders of the world around us and to caution that we all need to take better care of the earth, our home. Just across America the vistas and natural resources are amazing! I’ve shared some of the wonders of Nature in other posts (here, here, and here), but below are a few photos to show the grandeur of Nature:
“In all things of Nature there is something of the marvelous.” Aristole
“I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness.” Maya Angelou
“Amidst the splendor of the scene and the silence, I was filled with a wonderful peace.” Basho
Of course, it is a smaller world today than it has ever been. America is not alone in the battle to preserve the earth. Each year’s Vernal Equinox marks International Earth Day, reminding us all that we are one community, one people, one earth. In 1977, Margaret Mead spoke at the United Nations to mark that year’s International Earth Day. Her full text is available online, but this portion of her talk is worth sharing again today:
“In the last quarter of my life, have I, like all those here, come to know what it means to be the custodians of the future of Earth: To know that unless we take care, unless we check the rapacious exploitation of Earth, unless we protect our rivers and our lakes, our oceans and our skies, we are endangering the future of our children and our children’s children.
“We didn’t know this, except in little pieces. People knew they had to take care of their own meadows, of their own forests or their own rivers. But it was not until we saw the picture of Earth from the moon that we realized how small and helpless this planet is, something that we must hold in our arms and care for.
“Earth Day is to be the first completely international and universal holiday that the world has ever known. Every other holiday was tied to one place, or some political or special event. This Day is tied to Earth itself, and to the place of Earth in the whole solar system.
“At this moment, when I climb the steps and ring the Peace Bell, it will be the Equinox in every part of the world, and we can all celebrate it at once on behalf of every part of the world.”
So today, as we all celebrate Earth Day, think of what you can do every day to celebrate nature and neighbors, the glory of community and cooperation as well as our commitment to the future. After all, as the Environmental Protection Agency website says, Every Day Should Be Earth Day!
Here are a few more photos and some quotes to help you celebrate today, tomorrow, every day:
“ah sweet spontaneous earth. . .” e. e. cummings
“When Spring is dancing among the hills, one should not stay in a dark little corner.” Kahlil Gibran
“Earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY 2012?