“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
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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 Day? – 50 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
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?
with all that moves
Through years of trial
and mostly error
did I study this unsteady way —
changing pills, adjusting the dosage,
A long time we were separate,
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
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.
Morning Poem by Mary Oliver
Under the orange
sticks of the sun
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
And if your spirit
carries within it
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
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:
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
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
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.
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.
Positive Motivation Tip: As we nurture Mother Earth, she will nurture us back.
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