Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Positively Earth Day

by Mauverneen

Big Sur, California
It’s spring – at least in this hemisphere - which seems to me the perfect time to celebrate Earth Day.  Things are coming back to life. Grass is greening, trees are budding, water is flowing, and animals are giving birth to their young.  What a celebration.

Red Wing Blackbird, Illinois
Earth day is a day to celebrate the wonders of our planet but it is also a reminder that we need to work to keep it that way. Just like we need to exercise and eat right to stay healthy and in good physical shape, we need to work at keeping this planet healthy and in good shape. We have to find a way to keep our water clean, our soil free of contaminants, our resources from being depleted.

Elephants at play, Kenya
It is so sad when animals are killed strictly for sport; rhino and elephant hunted for their tusks; seals, foxes and so many other beautiful creatures killed solely for their fur.  Early man killed for food but in the bargain made pretty good use out of almost every part of the animal. The Inuit of the far north use whale and seal for food but for so many other things as well.  Sealskin is used as a covering for the traditional kayak. It is also cut into rope for a variety of uses including harpoon line. Seal skin breeches can be worn by both men and women, are warm and repel water. Native Americans not only hunted buffalo and deer for the meat, but their hides made clothing and shelter too. It was when the white man came and started hunting for ‘sport’ that buffalo were all but wiped out. Hmmm, I wonder if early man hunted the dinosaurs to extinction. I pray we don't doom any other of God's beautiful creatures to the same fate.

Leopard on the savannah, Kenya

Humans are finally realizing that everything is connected. Contaminate the water, contaminate the fish, contaminate the people. Poisonous pesticides contaminate the soil and the plants and the people. Do away with one species or habitat and there is that domino effect –pretty soon something else is suddenly gone. Something we really didn’t want to lose.
 
Near Salt Lake, Utah

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. That’s the mantra.

Earth day is a celebration of what we have – and what we have is amazing.  
 
http://www.nrdc.org/thisgreenlife/0802.asp

'Creation'
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6 comments:

  1. beautiful article for earth day..............

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  2. Een hele mooie foto
    En een prachtige tekst
    Warme groet Erna

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  3. A wonderful Earth Day post. Just so happens we just returned from a road trip up the coast, took in Big Sur, beautiful country.

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