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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


Earth Day Network: 50 Voices for the Planet: Anthem Video

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.

READ: Motivation Mondays: Protect Our Earth
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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.

READ: Global Climate Change: What You Need to Know
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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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Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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190 Comments leave one →
  1. Tassia Agatowski permalink
    22/04/2020 5:03 am

    Beautiful words and poems, and for such a good cause. Thanks for sharing!

  2. GV Caplas permalink
    22/04/2020 7:18 am

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

  3. Shoppers Gossip permalink
    22/04/2020 10:17 pm

    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.

  4. Karen Smedley permalink
    23/04/2020 2:09 am

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

  5. Nicole Anderson permalink
    23/04/2020 2:11 am

    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.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/05/2020 6:48 pm

      Yes, it’s a critical issue and we can all do our part.

  6. petra permalink
    23/04/2020 2:56 am

    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.

  7. Karen Smedley permalink
    23/04/2020 3:33 am

    Great post. It’s always good to raise awareness

  8. Marina Rosie permalink
    23/04/2020 5:11 am

    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

  9. 23/04/2020 5:58 am

    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.

  10. Mrs. Type A permalink
    23/04/2020 6:09 am

    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?

  11. Rebecca permalink
    23/04/2020 7:11 am

    I love your blog and the emphasis on poetry! This is so motivating to me. Thank you!

  12. Sayed Williams permalink
    23/04/2020 7:16 am

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

  13. chad permalink
    23/04/2020 10:29 am

    This is so beautiful!!! Had to read the poem twice, amazing!!! Happy Earth day everyone.

  14. Kat Johana permalink
    23/04/2020 12:05 pm

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

  15. Andrea Brown permalink
    23/04/2020 1:03 pm

    Thanks for all of these Earth Day thoughts!

  16. Stephanie permalink
    23/04/2020 2:19 pm

    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.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/05/2020 6:47 pm

      Staying Green is awesome. Kudos

  17. GV Caplas permalink
    23/04/2020 3:49 pm

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

  18. Elicit Folio permalink
    23/04/2020 3:54 pm

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

  19. blair villanueva permalink
    23/04/2020 3:55 pm

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

  20. 23/04/2020 5:27 pm

    I have been reading more and more on this topic. The more I learn the more concerned I am for our planet!

  21. The Social Tumbleweed permalink
    23/04/2020 5:41 pm

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

  22. Karen Smedley permalink
    23/04/2020 7:39 pm

    I have read this post three times now and I learn something new each time.

  23. Jessica Lathrop permalink
    23/04/2020 9:57 pm

    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

  24. World in Eyes permalink
    23/04/2020 10:00 pm

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

  25. yanamarchuk permalink
    23/04/2020 10:32 pm

    This is beautiful! happy Earth day!

  26. Ell x permalink
    23/04/2020 11:10 pm

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

  27. Qarrey permalink
    24/04/2020 1:53 am

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

  28. tweenselmom permalink
    24/04/2020 2:09 am

    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 🙂

  29. ohmygreeksalad permalink
    24/04/2020 2:34 am

    Wow you’re truly talented. Loved going through it

  30. lipstickcafe permalink
    24/04/2020 3:21 am

    A really beautiful article, thank you! Some poetry is always needed!

  31. aisasami permalink
    24/04/2020 4:03 am

    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!

  32. tingandthings.com permalink
    24/04/2020 4:08 am

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

  33. Polly Amora permalink
    24/04/2020 4:24 am

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

  34. Iamgeetha blog permalink
    24/04/2020 4:37 am

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

  35. Sarah m permalink
    24/04/2020 4:58 am

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

  36. 24/04/2020 5:45 am

    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.

  37. Mrs. Type A permalink
    24/04/2020 6:53 am

    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!

  38. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    24/04/2020 7:26 am

    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

  39. The JOYOUS Living | Influencer (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    24/04/2020 8:25 am

    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.

  40. Loril Bosworth permalink
    24/04/2020 8:56 am

    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.

  41. Anna permalink
    24/04/2020 8:58 am

    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 🙂

  42. Papa Bida permalink
    24/04/2020 1:38 pm

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

  43. semmarys moorthy permalink
    24/04/2020 2:33 pm

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

  44. JulesMaybeTryThis permalink
    24/04/2020 4:20 pm

    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.

  45. A Nation of Moms permalink
    24/04/2020 4:44 pm

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

  46. Team Uy permalink
    24/04/2020 4:54 pm

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

  47. Nikhila permalink
    24/04/2020 8:00 pm

    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!

  48. mypathtotravel03dc5fb406 permalink
    24/04/2020 8:08 pm

    An interesting and informative post Elizabeth.

  49. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    24/04/2020 9:02 pm

    Amazing Earth day poems
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  50. emman damian permalink
    25/04/2020 3:09 am

    Earth really needs us now! We need to protect it and care for it.

  51. PAPAJACK permalink
    25/04/2020 3:24 am

    Thank yoibfor for the reminder to take good care of the mother earth.

  52. Hannah permalink
    25/04/2020 3:47 am

    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.

  53. deventuretime permalink
    25/04/2020 5:31 am

    Very lovely poems!

    Devin |

  54. Autumn Murray permalink
    25/04/2020 7:29 am

    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.

  55. remo permalink
    25/04/2020 10:00 am

    Lovely poem. I was really engrossed by it. We need to save mother earth.

  56. Fatima Torres at MTME permalink
    25/04/2020 12:31 pm

    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!

  57. Steph permalink
    25/04/2020 2:42 pm

    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.

  58. Sondra Barker permalink
    25/04/2020 5:20 pm

    These are some great poems, thanks for sharing!

  59. Raksha Nagaraj permalink
    25/04/2020 5:38 pm

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

  60. advent14 permalink
    25/04/2020 5:52 pm

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

  61. Anirban Panda permalink
    26/04/2020 1:20 am

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

  62. Sarah B. permalink
    26/04/2020 4:18 am

    Beautiful write up. Exactly what we need to help save our Earth.

  63. littlemisadvencha permalink
    26/04/2020 4:38 am

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

  64. Mindspeaks permalink
    26/04/2020 5:36 am

    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 .

  65. Shristi permalink
    26/04/2020 7:21 am

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

  66. steph permalink
    26/04/2020 8:42 am

    I love you posts, they are indeed motivating. Thanks for sharing.

  67. Kenny Ngo permalink
    26/04/2020 10:23 am

    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.

  68. Dreams Abroad permalink
    26/04/2020 10:35 am

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

  69. thestreetqueenblog permalink
    26/04/2020 11:20 am

    Amazing writeup! And love the way you explain each thing.

  70. momelite2 permalink
    26/04/2020 12:01 pm

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

  71. My Spiritual Shenanigans permalink
    26/04/2020 12:08 pm

    Becoming a mindful consumer is the need of the hour!

  72. craftycreations4113 permalink
    26/04/2020 12:48 pm

    Thank you for bringing awareness about this. The poems are beautiful!

  73. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    26/04/2020 4:11 pm

    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!

  74. amayszingblogs permalink
    26/04/2020 4:36 pm

    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.

  75. blair villanueva permalink
    26/04/2020 5:05 pm

    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.

  76. Dris permalink
    26/04/2020 5:48 pm

    Wow this is interesting

  77. Monidipa permalink
    26/04/2020 8:51 pm

    All the poems are beautiful.Earth, You Have Returned to Me.

  78. Monidipa permalink
    26/04/2020 8:52 pm

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

  79. Neely permalink
    27/04/2020 2:09 am

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

  80. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    27/04/2020 2:19 am

    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.

  81. mypathtotravel03dc5fb406 permalink
    27/04/2020 4:26 am

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

  82. Myrah Duque permalink
    27/04/2020 6:28 am

    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.

  83. Kiwi permalink
    27/04/2020 8:04 am

    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.

  84. Fatima Torres at MTME permalink
    27/04/2020 12:20 pm

    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.

  85. Bree L. permalink
    27/04/2020 1:01 pm

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

  86. 27/04/2020 6:20 pm

    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.

  87. Danielle W. permalink
    27/04/2020 7:45 pm

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

  88. catherine santiago jose permalink
    27/04/2020 11:10 pm

    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.

  89. Natural Beauty And Makeup permalink
    28/04/2020 1:21 am

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

  90. Surekha permalink
    28/04/2020 1:35 am

    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.

  91. Emma McKnight permalink
    28/04/2020 1:41 am

    These are some lovely poems! Such a great way of marking Earth Day.

  92. Ramil Hinolan permalink
    28/04/2020 2:14 am

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

  93. Iamgeetha blog permalink
    28/04/2020 5:04 am

    Nice poem! Love it!

  94. Agnes Dela Cruz permalink
    28/04/2020 5:10 am

    I love reading the poem, Thank you for sharing it to us. WE all needed that.

  95. GV Caplas permalink
    28/04/2020 5:37 am

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

  96. World In Eyes permalink
    28/04/2020 5:43 am

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

  97. elizabethuchealor permalink
    28/04/2020 6:07 am

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

  98. lgkimler permalink
    28/04/2020 6:59 am

    Love the poems. This is a perfect way to bring awareness!

  99. Kate Loves Travel permalink
    28/04/2020 7:10 am

    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!

  100. Magazineup permalink
    28/04/2020 8:49 am

    Always love your article!Thanks for sharing

  101. Polly Amora permalink
    28/04/2020 9:19 am

    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.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/05/2020 6:45 pm

      Yes, she is one of my favorites. 🙂

  102. Just Redinta permalink
    28/04/2020 9:39 am

    Beautiful poems..

  103. Home Life Abroad (@HomeLifeAbroad) permalink
    28/04/2020 9:57 am

    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.

  104. Flossie permalink
    28/04/2020 10:05 am

    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.

  105. The JOYOUS Living | Influencer (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    28/04/2020 12:43 pm

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

  106. Steph permalink
    28/04/2020 2:01 pm

    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.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/05/2020 6:45 pm

      Yes, we need Corporate Responsibility more now than ever.

  107. blair villanueva permalink
    28/04/2020 2:30 pm

    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.

  108. stephenrht permalink
    28/04/2020 3:00 pm

    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

  109. mariah krystal permalink
    28/04/2020 3:26 pm

    I try my best to help the earth by recycling and using biodegradable products

  110. ebonynrobinson permalink
    28/04/2020 5:21 pm

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

  111. Ramil Hinolan permalink
    28/04/2020 9:19 pm

    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.

  112. Jessie permalink
    28/04/2020 10:36 pm

    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!

  113. Sazzadul Bari permalink
    28/04/2020 11:14 pm

    Nice poem with cool demonstration.

  114. Clarice permalink
    29/04/2020 12:37 am

    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.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/05/2020 6:39 pm

      Yes, I pray so…

  115. Bindu Thomas permalink
    29/04/2020 12:40 am

    Earth Day Poems are nice. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  116. Karen Smedley permalink
    29/04/2020 12:40 am

    Interesting and very informative post Elizabeth. Thank you for sharing.

  117. Sarah M permalink
    29/04/2020 1:01 am

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

  118. Hayley Kolb permalink
    29/04/2020 2:04 am

    Very good information, people should be more aware. Thanks for sharing.

  119. Brianne permalink
    29/04/2020 2:21 am

    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.

  120. Gervin Khan permalink
    29/04/2020 2:50 am

    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.

  121. World In Eyes permalink
    29/04/2020 3:44 am

    Morning Poem by Mary Oliver; Sounds amazing…..

  122. Patricia Chamberlain permalink
    29/04/2020 5:07 am

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

  123. dan permalink
    29/04/2020 5:11 am

    We all need some motivation during this time of the year!

  124. Rosy permalink
    29/04/2020 7:27 am

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

  125. Holly Lasha permalink
    29/04/2020 8:26 am

    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.

  126. My Haute Talk permalink
    29/04/2020 8:44 am

    Now more than ever we need to do all we can to take care of our environment.

  127. patientandkindlove permalink
    29/04/2020 8:53 am

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

  128. Kenny Ngo permalink
    29/04/2020 10:00 am

    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.

  129. Anna permalink
    29/04/2020 11:22 am

    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!

  130. Natalie permalink
    29/04/2020 11:52 am

    Lovely poems. Thank you for sharing this.

  131. Marjie Mare permalink
    29/04/2020 3:06 pm

    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.

  132. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    29/04/2020 5:47 pm

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

  133. SplendidPsyche permalink
    29/04/2020 6:26 pm

    Great read. Thanks for sharing. Ask. Believe. Receive.

  134. tweenselmom permalink
    29/04/2020 8:38 pm

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

  135. nikhila permalink
    29/04/2020 11:21 pm

    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.

  136. ninalehan21 permalink
    30/04/2020 12:40 am

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

  137. Evan Petzer permalink
    30/04/2020 2:42 am

    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.

  138. RDV VISA permalink
    30/04/2020 3:05 am

    Wonderful useful information
    Thanks for the sharing

  139. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    30/04/2020 3:56 am

    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!

  140. Billy Sandoval permalink
    30/04/2020 5:01 am

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

  141. lipstickcafe permalink
    30/04/2020 7:42 am

    These are some beautiful poems!

  142. Khushboo Motihar (@kbmotihar) permalink
    30/04/2020 9:54 am

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

  143. Retirestyle Travel permalink
    30/04/2020 11:08 am

    What beautiful and meaningful poems

  144. Rebecca permalink
    30/04/2020 4:10 pm

    I love these poems and photographs. Thank you for sharing.

  145. Kelly permalink
    30/04/2020 4:33 pm

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

  146. Taylor oldman permalink
    30/04/2020 6:49 pm

    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.

  147. Antonia | Sweet Passions permalink
    30/04/2020 9:14 pm

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

    Antonia ||

  148. Museblogonline permalink
    30/04/2020 10:23 pm

    I love everything about this blog post, beautifully written and very informative

  149. JulesMaybeTryThis permalink
    01/05/2020 12:56 am

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

  150. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    01/05/2020 5:00 am

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

  151. GV Caplas permalink
    01/05/2020 5:50 am

    Very inspiring post! Truly, it takes action to make a difference! 🙂

  152. Fransic verso permalink
    01/05/2020 8:54 am

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

  153. thestreetqueenblog permalink
    01/05/2020 11:29 am

    I loved the poems! Thank you for making us aware of such masterpieces.

  154. kidneyfornikki permalink
    01/05/2020 11:32 am

    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!

  155. Melanie permalink
    01/05/2020 12:54 pm

    As a family we do everything that we can to care for our plant. This is so tru xx

  156. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    02/05/2020 2:57 am

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

  157. ninalehan21 permalink
    02/05/2020 2:57 am

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

  158. Shilpa Bindlish permalink
    02/05/2020 3:57 am

    These are some lovely poems here. Will bookmark this article.

  159. Amna Habib permalink
    02/05/2020 5:21 am

    Very helpful and inspiring post. will definitly get it printed.

  160. Shelley from BeyondPennies.com permalink
    02/05/2020 7:02 am

    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!

  161. GV Caplas permalink
    02/05/2020 11:01 pm

    Change is a constant thing. The least we can do is to change for the good ❤️

  162. Shoppers Gossip permalink
    03/05/2020 12:13 am

    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.

  163. Ell x permalink
    04/05/2020 3:59 am

    Love these poems Elizabeth… beautiful! ❤️

  164. Goldfish and Gin permalink
    04/05/2020 4:07 am

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

  165. LifeMagHealth permalink
    04/05/2020 6:07 am

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

  166. Jennifer T permalink
    05/05/2020 4:56 am

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

  167. LifeMagHealth permalink
    13/05/2020 3:26 am

    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.

  168. paolo permalink
    19/05/2020 12:43 am

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

  169. Sarah Emery permalink
    19/05/2020 7:51 pm

    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.

  170. yaswtanu permalink
    20/05/2020 6:00 pm

    Such a great collection of poems about the environment and earth Day!

  171. Meghana Rao permalink
    20/05/2020 11:23 pm

    Oh I love this post! Thanks for sharing

  172. Little Misadvencha (@iamchaesper) permalink
    30/05/2020 3:08 am

    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..

  173. Hooda permalink
    04/06/2020 12:45 am

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

  174. Razena permalink
    06/06/2020 1:20 am

    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.

  175. Eswari permalink
    13/06/2020 5:32 am

    Lovely poem. A much needed thought for the current situation.Thanks for Shrikanth!!

  176. solrazo.com permalink
    19/06/2020 5:38 am

    You are good in your craft, very creative mind. Keep it up!

  177. solrazo.com permalink
    27/06/2020 3:26 am

    Nice poem! You are really gifted when it comes to composing. Keep it up!

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