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Celebrate Earth and Invest in Our Planet

April 22, 2023

Earth Day 2023″ Invest in our planet

Rachel Carson noted in 1964 that humanity’s “attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature. But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself? [We are] challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves” (as quoted here).  Her words actions, and books make her one of the midwives of the modern environmental movement.

In her April 21, 2023 “Letter, historian Heather Cox Richardson traces the story of Earth Day to the moment where “Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic senator from Wisconsin, visited the Santa Barbara oil spill and hoped to turn the same sort of enthusiasm people were bringing to protests against the Vietnam War to efforts to protect the environment. He announced a teach-in on college campuses, which soon grew into a wider movement across the country. Their “Earth Day,” held on April 22, 1970, brought more than 20 million Americans—10% of the total population of the country at the time—to call for the nation to address the damage caused by 150 years of unregulated industrial development. The movement included members of all political parties, rich Americans and their poorer neighbors, people who lived in the city and those in the country, labor leaders and their employers. It is still one of the largest protests in American history.”

Pope Francis tweeted  today that”The Book of Genesis tells us that the Lord entrusted human beings with the responsibility of being stewards of creation (Gen 2:15). Care for the Earth, then, is a moral obligation for all men and women as children of God.”

Today we celebrate the 53rd anniversary of Earth Day– the day when people of Earth first came together to officially recognize the gifts of the planet we call home, the birth of the modern environmental movement. Over the past 50 years, we’ve made a lot of progress to protect our home planet from pollution and resource extraction. Land is being protected, and rewilding efforts like these in Chile and Argentina have returned animals to their homes, restoring ecosystems from soils to the skies. Organic produce and other products are easier to find– including in wine, thanks to a few pioneers in conservation, permaculture, biodynamics, agroecology, and regenerative organic viticulture. Read more about Chile’s biodynamic pioneers here and about California’s Tablas Creek here.

This year’s Earth Day Theme is “Invest in Our Planet.” Will you take action? What will you do?  Say you will…

…will push for climate literacy
Sign the Open Letter
…will grow trees
The Canopy Project
…will support Sustainable Fashion
Sign the Petition
…will help end Plastic Pollution
Sign the Petition
…will attend a cleanup
The Great Global Cleanup

and say you will vote for the Earth! 

Celebrate the Earth by investing in action, and in conversation with the Earth and for the Earth:

Earth Day
by Ellyn Maybe

It’s the Earth’s Birthday and I was listening to it and it said it wanted 5 things
it wanted a compost salad
it wanted a gift certificate to a record store and had in mind the sound of people breathing as people listen to the ocean
the Earth said music is breath
then the Earth said I want to read a billion books at once so write your words in my sky with kites
the colors you choose will tell me your mood, that will be a novel.
the Earth said I want to send you love, I said Earth you are very cool given everything.
The Earth said it’s true, but dig, we are all given everything, it takes our whole life to see it sometimes
sometimes you need a kaleidoscope and to stand on your head on one foot like a flamingo to see it
sometimes it’s as simple as spaghetti
the Earth said i want to travel
I said where
The Earth said I don’t know
surprise me
So I took a postcard of a drum and said shut your eyes and listen and you will be everywhere.
The Earth said I feel the heartbeat of it all
I said good cause it’s your day and the Earth said one last thing
Will you be my candles and tell everyone they are all candles that can last a second or forever.
It’s strictly how you dance if you know what I mean.
The Earth was on fire and giddy.
Full of stories and shy.
The Earth likes talking and listening.
The Earth is so cool.
After all it is been here for many millennium and it is sticking around while others might have left us.
The Earth after all has options.
The Earth said I like challenges, I’m not going anywhere.
Then the Earth picked up a phone and called it’s therapist.
The Earth said it’s not me it’s them, the therapist said it’s normal to get stressed sometimes.
The Earth went into yoga pose and said thanks.
And another day went by like ebb meeting flow
or is it Kander meeting Ebb and the world simply went on dancing.
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