HAPPY EARTHDAY 2015
How should we celebrate Earth Day to make it stand out and matter?
Should we shoot off a stack of firecrackers to help boost China’s economy, send a pile of facebook messages, recycle a few more plastic bottles, buy everyone we know another trinket to toss, or ourselves an extra gizmo to flash, raise or drop our fans and heaters by another degree, talk about sustainability, teach our kids about climate change, lobby our legislators to look to our ailing mother and not their feisty pockets?
Or should we be still for a moment to feel the breeze, notice the colors of the occasional tree and flower, hear the bird symphonies, smell the scents of spring or autumn and taste the freshest water we can find. Then perhaps we will be touched with reverence for the wonder of our earth home and resolve to keep it alive. Then we will be flooded with gratitude for the ways of nature and resolve to do our utmost to protect our precious planet.
We could start by simply adopting three principles;
- Cultivate diversity;
- Respect the worth of every living entity and
- Communicate openly and honesty with one other
Whether you believe in a creator or in an accidental universe, it is an ecological miracle in which we find ourselves. Who can bare the thought of our being so callous as to destroy a 4.5 billion year old delicate web of interweaving activities, linked by an harmonious ebb and flow of energy- surely the greatest mystery and miracle of all.
In MamaEarth we have a saying: Each of us has one life; we all share one earth; everything is connected; our actions have a ripple effect around the globe; talking today is futile if it doesn’t lead to action tomorrow.
Think Ecology as a metaphor for everything and make every day a happy earth day.
Happy Earthday to you……