Earth Day 2012

Earth Day 2012 reports a half a dozen wars,  your brothers out of work and the governments on the blink. The price of goods is on the rise, there’s no fish left in the sea. Floods are deeper, droughts are longer, mountains flattened, forests gone.

I’m not going to kid you, it’s a mess. A tragic mess and there is no excuse. It is  beyond comprehension that the issues that threaten our very existence are still ignored, slighted and scoffed at. All in the name of selfishness and greed. I get so mad I could spit sometimes. Wake up people, wake up!

“Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure.”           John McConnell

NASA photograph. Earthrise aboard Apollo 10.

“Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margret Meade

NASA photograph. Whole Earth aboard Apollo 10

Earth Day founder and pioneer John McConnell was inspired by the first photographs of the Whole Earth taken aboard America’s Apollo 10 space mission in 1969 and he designed the original Earth Flag. The simple compelling symbol gained immediate world-wide recognition. It has been presented to U.S. presidents, foreign dignitaries, leaders of the United Nations and flies at Earth Day celebrations around the world. Anthropologist Dr. Margret Meade carried what she called “the flag for all people” with her wherever she apeared from 1969 until her death in 1977.

original Earth Day flag 1970s

“The Earth Flag is my symbol of the task before us all. Only in the last quarter of my life have we come to know what it means to be custodians of the future of the Earth – to know that unless we care, unless we check the rapacious exploitations of our Earth and protect it, we are endangering the future of our children and our children’s children. We did not know this before, except in little pieces. People knew that they had to take care of their own … but it was not until we saw the picture of the Earth, from the Moon, that we realized how small and how helpless this planet is – something that we must hold in our arms and care for.”

Margaret Mead, March 21, 1977

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promoting environmental education, protecting all species and preserving the wild places with art, music and storytelling.
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8 Responses to Earth Day 2012

  1. Deanna says:

    It makes me mad, too, and perplexed that people don’t seem to get it. What don’t they get?? I’m working on it too to try to show people, open their eyes, wake them up…whatever it is they need in order to see.

    Thanks for your post about earth day! And, your passion. It’s is consoling to know there are some who get it and are acting. I just started blogging about our planet and what we’re doing to it this past December. I launched my first post on the solstice with hope that there might be other changes than just the seasons.

    Have a wonderful day!

    ps your farm looks so nice!

    • There are a lot of people that have no connection to the land or nature and have no idea how the world works. It is if they don’t know they live on Earth. frightening. They have no concept that food does NOT come from a store, and garbage does not magically disappear. Thanks for caring.

  2. Helen Cherry says:

    Isn’t anyone listening !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Sam Zodiac says:

    Right on, Cathy! Except I don’t believe so much in shouting any more.. I think however that the times certainly are working FOR us at the moment (us=99%) for a change! 🙂
    I mean- when even several stern governments are changing their view and attitudes in questions related to drugs and their decriminalisation, then somthing REALLY must be going on, haha..!
    And what IS going on is clearly of a transformative nature, because the old rules that used to apply to our so called civilization, aren’t valid any longer! At least not if the Swedish scientist and expert of the Mayan calender is right. Calleman claims that there was some kind of a peak in the evolutionary development of humaity on Oct 28 2011. Ever since then people have an increased thinking ability, which they now are forced to use, since they no longer are attatched to Destiny like puppets on a string. The string has been cut off; now your on your own! How does that feel..? 😀
    I like your blog too, earthstonestation!

  4. Thanks for your comment on my blog. What df says is totally true – and sad.

    Incidentally, there are sisters out of work too. Just saying.

    We all need to say the same thing about the environment, just sometimes differently, for different audiences, which is why my messages are softer than yours. Same one though.

    I like your blog.

  5. df says:

    I don’t think many folks will believe it’s true until they go to their grocery store and can’t get food or to their gas station and can’t fill up their car. Or those things inflate in price beyond their grasp, which is much the same thing. Where I live loads of people got onto their bikes and on the buses a couple of years ago when fuel prices spiked, but as soon as prices came down they (mostly) went back to old habits/preferences.

  6. Cathy says:

    Yes, it is a mess. We must spit a bit more and shout a bit louder.

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