John Muir is only one of the many environmentalist and naturalists that I have loved for a VERY long time.
Although these people wrote many years ago, their messages are timeless…and as we lose more in the way of natural areas they point out how important preserving our planet is. Patterned for abundant life, Earth is a wonder, a miracle of existence. Home to an enormous diversity of life forms it should be protected. We have nothing as a Plan B.
Not wanting to get on a soapbox, nature contains everything we need for life (as long as we stop messing with it). Air…water…sources of food and herbs for medicines. Its plant life gives us wonderful natural aromatherapy. The sound of waves crashing against the shore, a brook babbling or the wind in the trees can be a very relaxing thing. We do have some wonderful things that technology has given us but so often, the simple things are the best. And that same simplicity is lost in the cacophony of modern life.
A day dedicated to earth awareness is a great idea. Started in 1970 (and I have, somewhere, a button for the first Earth Day) it is still celebrated 45 years later. If just one person hears the message and learns more about this planet, our home, it’s worth it. It can’t be replaced and hopefully we will listen to the lessons and accept the gifts they offer to help us better our lives and the lives of those to come.
Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” So why not start today?
The change begins with us.