April 22

Motivation 2020: Earth Day Poems & Climate Action

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“If we are ever to halt climate change and conserve land, water, and other resources, not to mention reduce animal suffering, we must celebrate Earth Day every day – at every meal.” Ingrid Newkirk

Motivation 2020: Earth Day Poems & Climate Action
Motivation 2020: Earth Day Poems & Climate Action


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The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. Paulo Coelho
Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place. Scott Peters
I have become convinced that climate change is the biggest threat to human rights in the 21st century. Mary Robinson
The time is past when humankind thought it could selfishly draw on exhaustible resources. We know now that the world is not a commodity. Francois Hollande
The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard. Gaylord Nelson
Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security, and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all. Ban Ki-moon

Earth Day 2020 What is Earth Day50 years ago, a highly motivated movement launched the Earth Day Network as an urgent call to action to address the many environmental issues that were and still are slowly, but surely, decimating our planet. Climate Change is a critical area of concern. While there are natural events that impact our climate, the human impact has been devastating; the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions we generate through our carbon footprint, by burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas for electricity, heat, and transportation, by deforestation, fertilizer use, livestock production and even methods we use for agriculture and road construction add to the exponential increases in emissions that impact our climate. Over the years, we have made some progress in battling the negative human impact on our planet, but there is still much work to do.

Ironically, the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic and our shelter-in-place efforts have had a climatic impact, and given Mother Earth a much-needed respite from the daily waste from our carbon footprint, toxicity, and air pollution. But by becoming more conscientious about our individual roles,  we can do more. This year, our Earth Day 2020 theme is Climate Action and the goal is to get each of us to take deliberate action to help save our planet.  Every positive action we take that eliminates waste and that sustains our planet can help the environment by combating pollutants and reversing/reducing climate change. Is it feasible? Sure. If we all do our part, anything can be achieved.  On Wednesday, April 22, we will gather at different venues around the world to celebrate Earth Day and remember that, for our collective survival on the planet, it is imperative that we protect and nurture our earth by reducing our carbon footprint and increasing plant life that purifies our atmosphere.  When we participate in taking actions that sustain our planet and remind our friends and family to be a bit more sensitive to how they use our natural resources, we are performing a powerful act.

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Earth Day BY JANE YOLEN
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.

And just as I
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here
Naturally.

That’s why we
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
As dear, as free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.

Earth, You Have Returned to Me BY ELAINE EQUI
Can you imagine waking up
every morning on a different planet,
each with its own gravity?

Slogging, wobbling,
wavering. Atilt
and out-of-sync
with all that moves
and doesn’t.

Through years of trial
and mostly error
did I study this unsteady way —

changing pills, adjusting the dosage,
never settling.

A long time we were separate,
O Earth,
but now you have returned to me.

 

 

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall

Motivation 2020: Earth Day Poems & Climate Action
Motivation 2020: Earth Day Poems & Climate Action

Climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now. Barack Obama
Climate change is sometimes misunderstood as being about changes in the weather. In reality, it is about changes in our very way of life. Paul Polman
Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money. Cree Indian Proverb
A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I have long understood that climate change is not only an environmental issue – it is a humanitarian, economic, health, and justice issue as well. Frances Beinecke
We are all living together on a single planet, which is threatened by our own actions. And if you don’t have some kind of global cooperation, nationalism is just not on the right level to tackle the problems, whether it’s climate change or whether it’s technological disruption. Yuval Noah Harari

What is driving this action? Our planet is in grave danger from the overuse and abuse of our natural resources and the climatic impact is devastating. You can make a difference even by taking a small action with reducing our carbon footprint, food and other products waste control, and a reduction in air pollution. Did you know that 20 million people responded to that first call to action in 1970? Did you know that the effort bore fruit because it led to the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and other shapeshifting environmental laws? So, don’t believe the naysayers who think the actions of a few can’t effect change. It can because when our hearts and minds agree that our actions can make a difference, we can move mountains. When we spread the word, we are reminding ourselves and others that we are beneficiaries of Mother Earth’s largess and that maintaining both a sustainable planet and a pollution-free environment is a crucial legacy to leave to our children. Making sure our planet is thriving is vital to our survival too. I don’t want my children to inherit a futuristic, toxic world with no trees, no bees, and little animal life. However, if we continue to abuse our earth, we will soon find ourselves living in a gas-filled world with masks and steel as our daily companions. Come back for more!

Did You Know These 7 Facts? 1. Atmospheric CO2 concentrations are at a record high: greater than 400 ppm. 2. We dump 19.4 billion pounds of plastic into the ocean every year. 3. An estimated 18 million acres of forest are lost each year. 4. Earth is facing a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030. 5. Climate change-related extreme events, plus population growth, could increase hunger by up to 20% by 2050. 6. September Arctic sea ice extent is declining at a rate of 13.3% per decade. 7. Earth is at its warmest start on record. Sources: NOAA, NASA, Science Mag study, WFP, UNESCO, FAO, Live Science We must take massive action to save our planet.

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Morning Poem by Mary Oliver

Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange

sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches —
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead —
if it’s all you can do
to keep on trudging —

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted —

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
lavishly,
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.
from Dream Work (1986) by Mary Oliver

 

 

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR – APR 2020 are:

MAR

03/01 – 01 Zero Discrimination Day
03/08 – 08 International Women’s Day, 13 World Sleep Day, 14 Pi Day
03/15 – 15 Consumer Rights Day, 17 St Patrick’s Day, 19 Start of Spring, 20 International Day of Happiness, 21 World Poetry Day
03/22 – 22 World Water Day, 25 Day of Remembrance of Slavery, 28 Earth Hour
03/29 – 29 Veterans Day

APR

04/01 – 01 April Fool’s Day, Autism Awareness Month
04/05 – 05 Palm Sunday,  06 Int’l. Day of Sport for Devel. & Peace, 09 Holy Thursday/ Start of Passover, 10 Good Friday
04/12 – 12 Easter Sunday, 15 Jackie Robinson Day, 16 Passover (End), Nat’l. High Five Day, 17 Nat’l. Haiku Poetry Day

04/19 – 19 Bicycle Day, 21 Holocaust Remembrance of Slavery, 22 Earth Day,  24 Start of Ramadan/Arbor Day, 25 DNA Day/ World Malaria Day
04/26 – 26 World Intellectual Property Day, 28 World Day for Safety and Health at Work, 29 Duke Ellington Day/Int’l. Dance Day

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“The technology is here. The people are ready. Scientists have spoken. Progressive businesses are stepping forward. Now we need governments to take climate action!” WWF International

Motivation 2020: Earth Day Poems & Climate Action
Motivation 2020: Earth Day Poems & Climate Action
Motivation 2020: Earth Day Poems & Climate Action
Motivation 2020: Earth Day Poems & Climate Action

Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things. Lao Tzu
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed. Mahatma Gandhi
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children. Native American Proverb
Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carson
I think calling it climate change is rather limiting. I would rather call it the everything change. Margaret Atwood
If we pollute the air, water, and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us. David Suzuki
The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations. John Paul II

How do we Combat Climate Change?  When we talk about the environment and how important it is to get educated on how we contribute to the problem some people dismiss it. You see, unless we can visually and immediately see the impact of our actions, it is easy to brush it off. But the science is sound and has been researched for decades. Our cumulative greenhouse emissions, destructive, wasteful, pollution increasing actions are killing our planet. What issues do we need to be aware of?  knowledge is power and we must act to change… one by one, we can. Do you believe the outcry about climate change is hogwash? Climate Literacy is Key: Read up and stay informed.  Do you know what your household’s carbon footprint is? Calculate it with the EPA tool
What do you know about the quality of the air you breathe and the impact of poor air quality? Learn about our Air
Did you know that the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) helps prevent pollution in your community, by holding industrial facilities accountable for toxic chemicals they release into the environment?  Learn more about the impact of chemicals and toxins around you.
Are you ready to handle emergencies such as natural and hazardous disasters in your area? This is not a scare tactic just a reminder to stay informed so you can help clean up and save your loved ones and your community.

Living Green is becoming ubiquitous and each of us can choose to do so without incurring huge costs. Our actions in the environment can help or hurt our planet so if we can make a bit of effort to live green, it would make a difference. Are you living green?
Did you know that without health and safety regulations, environmental hazards can pose a huge threat to our lives? Learn how to stay healthy and safe.
As much as we enjoy the beautiful landscapes around us, there is still a great need for us to stay informed about land and clean up issues that occur when toxins are spilled into our sewage and streams or dumped in our oceans. The impact of such pollutants on our land can be long-ranging.
By now, we all know about the hazards of pesticides in our food, water, air, and homes. We must educate ourselves to ensure that our kids are not exposed to high levels of dangerous toxins and pesticides.
Do you know how to manage your waste and protect your water supply?  Everything we do creates waste and we must learn about safe and practical ways to dispose of it.  When our water supply is polluted, it can lead to long term illness and life-threatening diseases. What do you know about your water supply? What do you know about the environment? This is the year to get smart and stay informed. Come back for more. What are your thoughts? Do you plan to celebrate Earth Day? What tips can you offer us? Do share! Thank you.

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Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee  BY EMILY BRONTË
Shall earth no more inspire thee,
Thou lonely dreamer now?
Since passion may not fire thee
Shall Nature cease to bow?

Thy mind is ever moving
In regions dark to thee;
Recall its useless roving—
Come back and dwell with me.

I know my mountain breezes
Enchant and soothe thee still—
I know my sunshine pleases
Despite thy wayward will.

When day with evening blending
Sinks from the summer sky,
I’ve seen thy spirit bending
In fond idolatry.

I’ve watched thee every hour;
I know my mighty sway,
I know my magic power
To drive thy griefs away.

Few hearts to mortals given
On earth so wildly pine;
Yet none would ask a heaven
More like this earth than thine.

Then let my winds caress thee;
Thy comrade let me be—
Since nought beside can bless thee,
Return and dwell with me.

 

 

 

 

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  • Absolutely! I truly believe that whatever we may have experiencing now are all caused by mankind 😥

  • Very beautiful poem! Earth day is avery important day to celebrate. I wish this CVID19 should tought us how to love our own planet. I am a very big fan of Gandhi and thank you for his quote and it is true..Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.

  • Very informative, the more that is done to raise awareness the better. Thanks for sharing

  • Who would have thought that, 50 years on from the initial effort to bring about a call to action for our planet, that we would still be so far behind what is needed? Are we really that backward-thinking as a species that we continue to ignore the evidence and fail to cooperate on an industrial and international basis to secure our own future? It would seem so. Earth Day is undoubtedly a great initiative as a means of raising awareness and education on the damage being inflicted on our home, but clearly so much more is needed. One can only wonder how much more it might take before we can organize our thoughts into action, and of course, hopefully before it is too late. We all have a responsibility here to be as proactive as possible. Nice to see this post playing a role in communicating on this issue.

  • It shows right now how fast things can turn around. Maybe we can learn from the current COVID situation and in future slow down just a bit and give nature a break.

  • Morning poem is absolutely lovely! This was a wonderful post to read – I didn’t know Earth day was a thing! x
    Marina Rosie x

  • How timely that CoViD19 happened about the time that we are about to celebrate Earth Day. Seems like a message and a sign to me. We need to make some changes for Mother Earth.

  • Thank you for such an uplifting post. You bring up a good point about the coronavirus…ironically it’s given our Earth a chance to detox. Silver lining, I guess?

  • I always appreciate environmentalist campaigns. The world is getting destroyed by our actions. It’s time to rise up.

  • i am so glad you shared all of this. I love our Earth and its so important to take care of it.

  • We’ve been learning the history of Earth Day this week for my son’s school lessons. Although, he even pointed out, that we do a lot of the things discussed. My family tries to be as green as possible and produce very little waste. But, as you said, this pandemic has brought a lot of issues to light and, in some ways, has helped our environment.

  • Actually, we should! I hope every mankind notices that Earth is getting back at us now.

  • Great post to celebrate the 50th Earth day! So happy Mother Nature has time to heal right now

  • Happy Earth Day! It is not too late yet to act now and contribute to sustainable lifestyle and make our Earth a better place 🙂

  • Just glad that Mother Earth gets to take the much needed break she deserves 😊

  • Happy Earth Day 2020! I think it is a little bit crazy that we’re seeing such a beautiful period of rejuvination for our Earth right now, and I am so inspired and encouraged for the future of our planet. <3

  • Very much informative post, the earth day history is useful for all, I love the poems on earth….

  • So passionate about the planet and trying to tackle climate change. Great to see others who care too x

  • Indeed we have to make each day earth’s day. It had taken care of us for so many years.

  • thank you so much for these! These poems are really inspiring and encouraging 🙂 This is bringing light to environmental issues and it’s really motivating us to become more eco-friendly 🙂

  • What a wonderful post that is filled with wonderful poems about our planet. We need to save it before it is too late. Each person has the power to change the Earth!

  • Great poems for earth day! We should all work together and do our best to cherish our environment and combat climate change

  • These are beautiful poems! I’m an optimistic person and I find Morning Poem by Mary Oliver
    to be inspiring.

  • I like the poem. Earth is equal to our mom we have to take care. I like to living green. This post is awesome

  • Wow superb and informative post. I think one of the main issue of climate change is pollution

  • These days seem so different in all other respects and one thing stays the same) this website as the best source of inspiration, motivation, and uplifting information.

  • Thank you for sharing that poem by Emily Bronte. Such beauty. It offers such a great perspective at a time when we should be having more appreciation for our world and our planet. And the power they have to heal us. Thank you!

  • Earth Day is important to me as well. I try to appreciate Earth and everything she gives to us, There is a common saying there is no planet B, and I couldn’t agree with it more

  • Love it! Well said. I love the FDR quote that forests are the lungs of the nation. How poetic and true. And yes the newscasters in LA keep remarking on how the smog level is the lowest it’s ever been since they started scanning it.

  • I did not know that earth is facing a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030! We definitely need to focus on conserving more water, perhaps by having fewer or shorter showers.

  • Wow, that’s some powerful poetry! Thank you for bringing these authors to my attention. I can’t wait to read more of their works 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing this earthday network. I glad to know all these information and to really care for the mother earth.

  • Very good post. Thanks for sharing. I think during this pandemic earth is slowly recovering.

  • I had the good fortune to meet Jane Goodall last year. How she carries herself, what she tells others — it’s obvious she wants many to make positive contributions to the world.

  • I love celebrating Earth Day. These are beautiful poems – thanks for sharing!

  • what a nice poem for our mother earth. after this covid-19 pandemic, we should focus next on climate change.

  • I am a huge advocate of preservation of Earth and its resources. Human interference definitely has decimated our planet to a great extent.

    Learned so much from this article. Great work!

  • I really love Jane Yolen’s poem. Makes me recognize that we are truly one with the earth. And I agree that we must treat each day as if it is Earth day.

  • I love Earth Day. We should celebrate our Mother Earth each and every day. The good thing to come out of this quarantine is that humans are giving the planet a break and the air is cleaner and so are bodies of water.

  • Earth Day is a great time to reflect on the things that we can do to give back to the world around us. I will say, much has improved in nature since the world has been indoors. I’ve seen more flowers and butterflies throughout — even ladybugs!

  • What lovely poems. I feel so heartbroken because of the destruction we’ve caused to Mother Nature but I have high hopes that our planet will heal and that we will all become responsible humans.

  • It is high time we start respecting our Earth and take serious actions towards the climate change.

  • These poems are very inspiring!! It was a bit weird not being able to go outside much for Earth Day this year

  • Really loved the poems. Probably the world got a good chance to heal itself in the global pandemic.

  • Thank you for pouring your heart out to this post. These poems are really beautiful. <3

  • Great poem it is .And yes this pandemic has actually helped mother nature breathe fresh air . Its time we be an example rather than giving our opinion .

  • Really beautiful post.I love how you share all these motivational things with everyone. Thank you for that.

  • Mother Nature has proven herself to be the worst enemy we could have so I hope people start to really take good care of her. This is such a wake up call for all of us.

  • Earth Day BY JANE YOLEN is am amazing poam. I heard it before a few Earth Day’s ago.

  • One very positive side effect to Covid-19 is seeing the Earth heal itself. Such a beautiful thing.

  • I love that you included Emily Bronte’s poem “Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee”. She is amazing and the poem is great for Earth day. Thank you for sharing!

  • I love the poems. Earth day reminds us to start to loving our environment by clean and green project and plant a tree in this project we can help to make happier healthier and protect our planet Happy Earth day.

  • I can’t imagine the Earth with no green and blue colors! WE need to enforce policies and strict laws that focuses on Earth conversation.

  • All the poems are really beautiful and though provoking. I especially liked this poem, ‘Earth, You Have Returned to Me’.

  • Climate change is SO important! We are really passionate about it. I think its so important to bring it to light

  • We have been seeing clearer, bluer skies and the plants are thriving. I guess this pandemic has also helped the earth heal. Let this be a lesson for all – we take care of our planet, and it will give back ten fold.

  • Great post. So much information and so many links for even more information.

  • I believe we can combat climate change if we all do our part. It’s all about educating the community. Many don’t understand, or care, about our environment.

  • I love this Earth Day tribute and poems! I think the good thing about this social distancing is the fact the climate is able to heal with us staying home.

  • It amazes me to see posts like this about climate and the beauty of our earth. More so with everything going on, I think it’s time to focus on nature and its beauty.

  • I love earth day. It’s such a good day to remember our Mother Earth, she’s full of beauty!

  • Wow these are some great poems for Earth Day! Taking care of our planet is important to me, I try and do all I can to help limit my impact on Mother Earth.

  • I love these poems! My children and I planted trees for Earth Day and loved every minute of it!

  • I’m always waiting for your post as it promotes inspiration for everyone. We must assess ourselves of what the world is turning into and think of something to help it improve.

  • These are such beautiful and inspiring Earth Day poems! I am trying to go as much as plastic free to save our mother earth ☺

  • This entire thing is like one big love letter to the earth, and I love it. I think people have forgotten how much the earth needs us to be kinds to it. This is a great reminder.

  • I am for Mother Earth and initiatives that geared towards protecting the earth is a good idea.

  • This is a very inspiring post! The world needs rationale humans at this time, especially.

  • i really like this blog…….. your poems are very interesting…….. thanks for sharing.

  • Earth day should cause us to reflect on how we are treating our place of abode.

  • We need to make every day Earth Day if we want to halt the devastation of the planet… I love all the poems you’ve included in this post!

  • I left a comment previously but I’d like to comment on Mary Oliver (poet behind .Morning Poem). She kind of intrigue me so I did a research about her after reading this post and discovered another gem ‘The Summer Day’. Most of what she wrote kind of have this deep sense of being in the world as a kind of spiritual experience which I find inspirational.

  • We celebrated the Eart Day this year and had a lot of fun. My daughter did several art projects and a lot about how we can consume less.

  • Yes, we do try to live green as much as we can. We recycle, avoid eating a lot of meat (though we are not yet completely vegan or vegetarian), grow our own food when we can, and try to eat/shop local when we cannot.

  • Weird. I thought I commented on this but it says no comments yet. I love that FDR quote about trees and lungs. Beautifully put!

  • Thank you for this eye opening read. It’s very timely because now that most of the population is staying at home due to the virus, it gave mother nature to breathe a bit better. it’s sad but it’s true, we are the cause of the destruction of the planet and I wish these big corporations would take a second look at their companies if they are contributing to the pollution instead of being greedy.

  • My simple act of helping for climate change campaign, is by recycling and upcycling at home. For years, I’ve been doing this which helps to lessen my carbon footprints and waste.

  • one Upside to the lockdown has to be the environment being given time to breath, hopefully we will all have a big think about what we do and do not need to do to help the planet

  • There are so many wonderful poems here to share! My favorite one is the Earth Day BY JANE YOLEN poem! So simple yet deep!

  • Celebrating Earth Day is significant in that, it reminds us that we should do our share in making the environment a beautiful place to live in.

  • We always kind of skip over Earth Day, and this year we decided to put a big focus on it. I’m so glad we did. Glad you did too!

  • Climate change is truly an important concern nowadays. With everything that is happening around us, we can say that things are not normal anymore. One place here in the Philippines just experienced hailstorm and that’s very unusual. I believe we have neglected taking care of environment long enough that Mother Earth made a way to save it on its own. Just like what you sad that this pandemic has provide a respite from the daily waste. Finally, the earth is healing.

  • Your motivational posts are always amazing to read. Thanks for sharing your insight with us.

  • We do everything as environmentally responsibly as we can on every day. We use reusable grocery bags, compost, recycle, and take public transportaiton, and that’s on part of it.

  • What a beautiful post, concerning about on how we are going to take care our environment, our Mother Earth. We are all responsible in making changes and difference in this world and that’s include taking care of the environment not only for us but for the future generations.

  • I love these poems! This year, I felt like earth day was even more meaningful with everything that is going on!

  • Would really love it if Earth Day was everyday! Celebrating Earth is such a lovely event.

  • I’m all for the idea of reusing items to try to conserve. We like to use items for crafting in my home instead of throwing them away.

  • I loved the poems. It’s so nice that on this Earth Day we are actually starting to look after the planet!

  • I loved that people still care enough about the earth and climate change amidst this whole Pandemic thing. We really need to take care of nature better.

  • So true that Coronavirus pandemic and our international lockdown have had a climatic impact the whole humanity was not able to reach in centuries! hope this will give our planet at least a small recharge!

  • Reflecting on the poem Earth, You Have Returned to Me by ELAINE EQUI makes me realize how blessed I am of my current life. I am thankful for my steady and peaceful life.

  • Mother Earth is rebelling against the imprisonment and trying to turn things into the right, natural, direction.

  • I love reading motivational posts, and I’m glad to see that we’re still promoting Earth Day awareness.

  • Good to know so much about earth day. Thank you. If it wasn’t for you, I’d not have know any of these things.

  • I agree, we should all be educated about the problems that are contributing to climate change and how we need to make smart decisions.

  • Love some of those poems. Can’t believe it has already been 50 years. We have to take care of our planet, for the sake of our children and children’s children.

  • With everything going on, it’s good to take a moment to appreciate the earth that we are living on and how much it has given us!

  • Such a very well written poems. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing it. Keep safe and stay healthy.

  • I love the Earth Day Poems you have shared especially the one by Mary Oliver

  • This was super informative. I loved the poems throughout, they added a creative touch to the serious nature of the post.

  • We need to respect Earth and take good care of it. Humankind has been so reckless for many years. The pandemic is forcing us to slow down. Hopefully some of us can realize that we can liearn to lve a lifestyle that is less consumer or materialistically oriented.

  • I’ve never heard of these poems. They are so beautiful.

    Antonia ||

  • I think that Living Green might be the answer to us staying just a little healthier (and kinder to our animals).

  • I always come back to your articles to re read them. Thank you for your awesome works.

  • I agree, being reckless with food and wasting a lot of it can make our world bad. I think we need to consume properly.

  • Seeing all these facts together make me wonder if we are too later to make a real difference! Doesn’t mean I will stop trying but it’s very concerning! Thanks for the info!

  • I love this any thing that helps to promote looking after and saving our planet is a plus x

  • I did not know there was an Earth Day, it is essential that we all support the combat against climate change initiative

  • I love the poem by Jane Yolen. She is one of my favorite authors for children. My kids love “Owl Moon”. Our dream is to live on a sailboat and use solar for electricity and wind to propel us. With a water maker for drinking water, you can reduce your carbon footprint to almost nothing. Happy Earth Day!

  • Climate Change can be combat by individual starting from home. eg, use paper bag instead of plastic bag, or used plublic transport instead of taking out private vehicle just for a short distance. We are responsible for this climate change.

  • I love the poems you have here. I think morning poem is my favorite one. And thank you for sharing the facts with us

  • This are one-of-a-kind poems. Beautiful and well-written. Definitely gonna share these.

  • My children always love celebrating Earth day. We are so lucky to live on this beautiful Earth.

  • The poem about the Earth is so touching. Each of us know how much we are affecting the earth, especially the greeneries, may it be in a bad way or not. Due to different human activities, the Earth has changed a lot so each one of us should know how we could contribute on taking care of our surroundings.

  • the only good thing that happened during this pandemic is that the earth is healing its self. nice poem

  • It’s crazy that Earth Day was created 50 years ago to call out environmental issues and knowing that we are the cause. And today we are still increasing those issues with heavy impact on climate control.

  • these poems are so inspiring! Global warming that’s changing our climate is already having dire consequences. It’s time for us to really get serious in changing our ways..

  • I loved reading these poems. They are so inspiring and motivating to do more for our dear planet.

  • If nothing else, the pandemic has given the earth a break from constant pollution. Not enough of a break to reverse decades of damage, but it’s a start.

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