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LATE BREAKING NEWS: My Earth Day Wows!

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I love sunrises and sunsets. I love star gazing and watching the brightness of a full moon pierce a midnight sky and humbly say “Wow!

On Saturday, April 22, which ironically was the celebration of Earth Day, I began opening up the blinds to the windows facing East. I looked up and saw the last phase of the moon still visible, yet so close to the direction of where the sun was beginning to rise. Huh?

I have never seen the moon this close to the trajectory of where the rising sun was going to travel in the morning sky, so I took a few snapshots, although the presence of the moon was beginning to fade in the background. I have no scientific explanation of this celestial placement, although I know the sun and the moon are nowhere near each other. As I quickly took to pen and paper, I had to stop. It was as if a force made me halt when I walked outside.

I breathed in the sights, smells, sounds, flavors and textures of this new day. In my silence I heard many types of birds singing their little hearts out, the splash of ducks playing in the water behind our house, geese squawking as they flew overhead, strands of newly woven webs glistened in the morning light, new buds on my rosebush were readying themselves to burst open at any moment now, a new leaf began to emerge, stretching upward on one of my banana trees and the nonchalant curiosity of squirrels doing what they typically do was happening in my backyard. I saw circles rippling through the water where fish were wading below its surface.

For a moment, I briefly thought about what I was going to do today on Earth Day, and quickly realized that I was already doing what the flora and fauna, the birds, insects and other critters did every day. Creation doesn’t need a special day to celebrate what it is, in all of its beauty. For this I am glad. For this, I say “Wow!”

The one thing that does pain me is our blatant human disregard for the very thing we are the caretakers for, and that is for all of Creation. We are to protect her, because she will flourish and provide for us accordingly. So often I wonder, when weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, assault weapons and terroristic bombs) are deployed, has it not occurred to everyone involved that there is a ripple effect that reverberates from the point of contact, no matter how far away it may be? Its demolition scope of travel through the air and within the earth absorb the shock, and can spread throughout the earth like a wildfire.

What are we doing to the world? What have we done? These simple thoughts come to me from simply looking up this morning and witnessing the final phase of the moon so close to the full effects of the rising sun. For this late breaking moment, there is nothing else to say, except “Wow!

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in Celebrations, Nature

 

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Celebrating the Earth

Earth Day, Environment, Nature, From Behind the Pen

Image source: Divine Organics

Our world is full of life, but it is in trouble due to the destruction we are largely creating. Do you believe climate change is real? I certainly do, simply from witnessing opposing seasons interlocking at some point with each other and on the other side of the world, glaciers are melting in temperatures way below zero.

Earth Day is on April 22 and is the world’s largest environmental movement. Since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, with a focus on education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.

This year’s campaign is “Environmental & Climate Literacy.” Learn more about how you can get involved and take action to eliminate pollution, planting trees and tending gardens, curbing greenhouse emissions or to help power the movement. Visit the Earth Day Network.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2017 in Environmental Awareness, Nature

 

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Earth Day: For Better or Worse

Earth Day, Environmental Awareness, EcoFriendly

Image Credit: Earth Day Network

Are we taking action to repair the damage we’ve done to the earth, or taking precautionary measures to prevent further manmade disasters and destruction to our planet? Today, we commemorate Earth DayEarth Day Network’s year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. Earth Day Network is committed to promoting sustainability and environmental conservation 365 days of the year, not just on Earth Day.

Economic growth and sustainability lies within our power and how we respond to our caretaking responsibility is a choice we have, which could be a matter of life and death. Let’s take better care of our planet, because if we don’t, our planet certainly won’t protect us. What are you doing to get involved on Earth Day and what type of ecological footprint are you leaving?

 
 

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Today is Earth Day, so let’s protect our planet already!

Earth Day, Environmental Awareness, Planet Earth, Protecting the PlanetPosted on Earth Day Network (earthday.org) regarding this annual celebration: The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

In order to show we are good stewards of the earth, there are countless things we can do to protect this amazing planet that we live on. All too often, our carelessness and recklessness creates countless hazards to the environment, animals and people. Even if it seems like there is no harm being done, it is. We must be cognizant and responsible about making sure we stop the abuse to an environment that we count on to take care of us.

Every now and then I have to play this song I love by Michael Jackson called “Earth Song.” The video is a little graphic, but is a very real emotional storyboard about how we are destroying our planet through acts of neglect, abuse, carelessness and even for the sake of what we call progress. Echoing the words of the King of Pop, “If we don’t do something about it right now, in this present moment, it’s going to be too late.”

We are witnessing the repercussions from how we have intentionally or unintentionally tormented this earth. I feel the natural disasters as we call them – earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes and tsunamis will only worsen. There’s only but so much torment we can do to this planet before it really turns on us.

Don’t just celebrate this Earth Day…do something to protect and serve it.

 

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Celebrating Earth Day: “Earth Song” by Michael Jackson

As we celebrate Earth Day today, we recall a very poignant video by Michael Jackson called “Earth Song” that will forever leave an emotional thumbprint on our hearts. We want to share that video with you, but want you to be forewarned that there are portions of this recording that contain graphic images you may find a little disturbing, albeit a very real environmental epidemic. Michael Jackson creatively showed us vivid imagery of global concern about what we are doing to the world. As you watch this video, think about the message behind each scene and think about what you can do to make this world a better place for all of us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAWgU3hDK-E&feature=fvwrel

We cannot simply celebrate “Earth Day” only on one day during the year and totally disregard doing something environmentally edifying during the other 364 days of the year. We must celebrate “Earth Day” to commemorate the things that we have done and continue to do in order to save and sustain our planet. This world is a gift to us and you do not abuse gifts. When we neglect the environment, we neglect ourselves. When we abuse the environment, we abuse ourselves. When we help the environment to be positively fruitful, we too will be fruitful in many sectors of our lives. Join in to help fortify the lives of others and this planet we live in.

What about us? What can you do today?
Happy Earth Day everyone!

 

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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day: April 22, 2010

More attention is being placed on our accountability and responsibility for taking care of Mother Earth. We have to honestly look at ourselves to see if we are being as responsible as we should be, in order to build a cleaner and healthier environment for the generations to come.

According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, Earth Day, which is April 22, is a day to celebrate the environment. The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote the ideas of ecology, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. Earth Day is now observed in 140 nations with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television programs that focus on environmental issues.

To learn more about the official Earth Day Campaign, go to this website: http://www.earthday.org/earthday2010

Let us unite to make EVERY DAY Earth Day! Let us continue to fight for a healthier environment because it’s all up to us! Our future depends on it!

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2010 in Community Outreach, Events

 

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