Today is Earth Day. Started in 1970, Earth Day has become a world-wide movement of social action and change. It’s not just about “reduce, reuse and recycle.” (While this is certainly a great first step), It’s about changing the way we approach life and think about our relationship and responsibility to each other and the world.
So, get out there and change the world just a little bit.
I’m glad you asked.
You could share a song with the world like this one. (WARNING: This video contains super adorable children some of which, may or may not live in my house.)
You could become a “Renegade Gardener” like Ted Talk presenter Ron Finley who encourages people to get out and plant because:“I am an artist. Gardening is my graffiti. A graffiti artist beautifies walls; I beautify parkways and yards. I treat the garden as a piece of cloth and the plants and the trees are the embellishment of that cloth. You’d be surprised what soil can do if you let it be your canvas.” “Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus, you get strawberries.”
You could check out the Decorah Eagles, highlights from the manatee cam or this African waterhole . Then after picking your favorite, write a check to a group that helps preserve these animals so that your great-grandchildren also get to see them.
You can even help scientists comb through their data on a variety of subjects at www.zooniverse.com. Our favorites over there have been identifying animals through photos taken on the Serengeti plains as well as the ocean floor.
Get out there and find a way you can contribute. It’s important. I leave you with the thoughts of the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for the Earth in their “Introductions to Green Papers on Environment and Justice.”The fate of Earth urgently depends on humanity’s ability to imagine and build a world in which all beings are treated justly and live to their fullest potential within a self-sustaining web of life. How do you imagine such world? What ethics, theology, or values fire that vision? No matter our separate histories and experiences and no matter the source of our moral grounding, our separate paths are converging toward a common understanding that human flourishing and planetary well-being are inextricably linked. Increasingly we can agree that our common future depends on the capacity of all humans to:
- Honor the integrity and interdependence of Earth’s natural systems
- Recognize that every form of life has worth and contributes to the whole
- Affirm the inherent value, dignity and potential in every human being
- Build communities that are fair, participatory, and peaceful
- Affirm the right of all people to access enough of the Earth’s abundance for sufficient, safe, and healthful food; sufficient clean water; clean air; and healthy, fertile soil
- Ensure universal access to health care
- Provide universal access to education, including the knowledge and skills needed to live sustainably
- Create sufficient, meaningful and ecologically responsible livelihoods for all
- Insure sustainable, fair access to renewable resources
- Use nonrenewable resources sparingly, mindful of future generations
- Attend to the beauty and mystery of Earth and practice reverence