Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day



Earth Day is an annual event that was first celebrated in hundreds of schools, colleges, and universities in the United States in 1970. The date is now recognized and celebrated in 193 countries each year on April 22. It is a special day to demonstrate our reverence for our home planet and support for protection of its ecosystem. 

The anthropologist Margaret Mead had this to say in 1978 regarding Earth Day:
Earth Day is the first holy day which transcends all national borders, yet preserves all geographical integrities, spans mountains and oceans and time belts, and yet brings people all over the world into one resonating accord, is devoted to the preservation of the harmony in nature and yet draws upon the triumphs of technology, the measurement of time, and instantaneous communication through space.
Earth Day is being celebrated this year by at least 167 countries signing the landmark Paris Agreement on climate protection. The warming climate is now perhaps the greatest threat to life on Earth. 

The famous picture of our planet, that beautiful "blue marble" taken from space by astronauts on Apollo 17.

It's great that we have this special day to call attention to the need to protect our planet, but, really, we should make every day Earth Day.


Maybe we can't save the Earth on our own but each of us can do our part. Every little bit matters. Be kind to our Mother.



4 comments:

  1. Happy Earth Day to you as well!

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    1. I hope you are celebrating, Carmen. I'm celebrating sunshine and blue skies today!

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  2. Hurray for Earth Day! I posted about it on Facebook and Twitter but forgot about my blog. Maybe I am spread too thin? Love Margaret Mead!

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    1. Mead was an idol of mine when I was growing up. I wanted to be just like her. Sadly, I failed, but she is still an inspiration.

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