In Honor of Earth Day

Written April 25, 2014(edited 2017)

“ ‘Look over there! It is the Rainbow, Bright and Cheerful, it is the rainbow. Listen to that! It is the Swallow, Singing to gather the Rain Clouds to Us. Come over here, come, sings the Swallow. Come over here, come, sings the Swallow. Listen again! It is the Corn. Singing and Growing in the light Rain. How fair, the earth. How fair, the world. Hi, hi, how fair the earth.’ …Zuni Corn-Grinding Song …The Earth is Our Home, the only one we have. In another Time, We lived closer to Her cycles, closer to Her Moods. Sink Your Roots deep in the Earth today. Draw Her into Yourself. Think for a moment where will We be if We don’t change Our ways on Her. If We don’t treat Her with Respect. Send a Smile from Your Heart to Hers. Then go Out and plant a Tree. Then go out and pick up trash in Your neighborhood, giving Her a Makeover on this day, this Day called Earth Day. Beautify Our Home!” ~Doug

Something to ponder…

A couple days ago we celebrated Earth Day. For those of you who don’t know, Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22. There are events worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first “celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year”.(Wikipedia).

I guess I can thank my parents for my love of nature. I’ve lived the majority of my life in the middle of the burbs and rural country. We didn’t live where there were mile(s) between houses but we had lots of room outdoors to play in the mud or in the wooded areas and swim in a lake. Plus my mom used to kick us out of the house on cleaning day so we weren’t underfoot(Have, ha!).

I’ve also been very blessed to see more areas in this country that man hasn’t touched or has barely touched. I’ve seen large bluffs in Wisconsin from the top of another large bluff, the Allegheny Reservoir and mountains, switch back roads thru Shenandoah Valley(part of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia), and a part of the Mohawk River Valley called Herkimer, NY. Closer to home I’ve been known to also visit places called Jake’s Rocks, Rimrock Overlook and Chapman’s Dam in Kinzua country. I’ve also been blessed to hike in our local gorge, walk the beach or swim in Lake Erie and a few other places here and there.

There was a time when Mother Earth had an abundance of resources and life. Since that time the human population has exploded and we have continued to use Her abundant supply until she began running out. Probably it started with the forests being cut for the many uses of lumber and space to build homes and such. This vast consumption has continued to spread to animals, oil, and even the lands. At some point someone(or a few someone’s) noticed some of these resources disappearing completely and they spoke up about it, but we’ve continued to take from Her. At some point all of our resources will be all used up and we will be forced to live like the old days.

I remember years ago hearing about various protests to save certain animals and lands. Where are those champions now for that? Perhaps those voices are being drowned out by the voices of hate filled protesting. If we could only stop fighting ourselves long enough to see what we’re doing to Mother Earth we might have a chance to save what’s left for future generations. No I’m not talking about climate change. That’s a whole different conversation that I’m not going to get into. I’m talking about picking garbage up from the ground and returning to the older ways of living so we’re not so reliant on so many resources.

Thought for the day: It’s still not to late to stop and reverse our dependence on so many of these resources. We just need to open our eyes to see what we’re doing.

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