Photo Challenge: #EARTHDAY
“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.” W. H. Auden
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. Henry David Thoreau
Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. Rabindranath Tagore
What does Earth Mean to YOU? To me, Mother Earth is the foundation of all that sustains us on this planet. We walk her path to grow, heal, help each other, and maintain our livelihood. We connect to our spirit through the magnificence we see in nature around us daily, and it is this greatness that keeps us in awe and gratitude. Why wouldn’t we want her to thrive? If she thrives, we thrive. As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, this week’s photo challenge – EARTH 2017 – gives us another opportunity to share the beauty of planet earth through our photographs. let us not forget that our beautiful planet can only remain fertile and safe from toxic pollutants if we stay vigilant and do our bit. Reduce your carbon footprint. Plant a tree. Learn about the Earth Day Network and their urgent call to action, and avail yourself of all you can from the theme for Earth Day 2017 which is Environmental and Climate Literacy. Support environmentally friendly products and companies. Reduce waste. Reconnect to farm grown foods. Stay aware and celebrate Mother Earth!
Photos: What and Where?: The middle photo was taken on a recent trip with one of my kids to the University of Iowa in Iowa City. When we landed at Cedar Rapids Airport, the first thing I noticed was the expansive and flat landscape. You could see for miles… The bridge is the Tappan Zee in Tarrytown, NY. The concrete structure and steep steps is a pathway in Kyoto, Japan. The orchids and the yellow poms/moms remind me of the beauty in nature that adds to the beauty of this earth. The sunset scene and the collage were taken by the Hudson River in Westchester County. The distant photo of the Hudson Valley and River was taken atop the Perkins Memorial Tower at Bear Mountain State Park, NY. From the top of that tower, you can actually see 4 states; New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Isn’t that amazing?
“Life is abundant, and life is beautiful. And it’s a good place that we’re all in, you know, on this earth, if we take care of it.” Alice Walker
There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. Charles Dickens
Sense the blessings of the earth in the perfect arc of a ripe tangerine, the taste of warm, fresh bread, the circling flight of birds, the lavender color of the sky shining in a late afternoon rain puddle, the million times we pass other beings in our cars and shops and out among the trees without crashing, conflict, or harm. Jack Kornfield
What do you know about Earth Day, the Environment and Climate Change? If you are serious about learning everything you need to know about the environment at climate change, there are Toolkits: Earth Day in a Box and Teach-In materials to help you learn how to rally others in your circle of influence, educate each other, stay armed with information, stay motivated, and take simple yet decisive daily action to protect our environment. You can also participate in a Teach-In to help you get on top of your carbon footprint. Make every day Earth Day by your actions and sensitivity to all living beings in nature and on earth.
READ: EDN’s climate education initiative, The Story of Climate Change the first-ever iTextbook on climate change.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: EARTH – This week, share an image that means “earth” to you — whether it’s a panorama of a landscape that takes your breath away, a close-up revealing a detail in nature, or another scene that honors the outdoors, we welcome your takes on the theme!
Positive Motivation Tip: Celebrate all that Mother Earth represents!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection