Being Stewards of the Earth ~ Just Like the Lorax!

I’m always amazed at how beautiful our Earth is ~ it really never gets old to see pictures of the Earth or watch a television show or a YouTube clip like Petie put up in his latest blog, seeing the Earth in all Her glory.

The mountains and rain forests, the rivers and streams, the majestic deserts, the beautiful hills and valleys, and all the magic Mother Nature shares with us ~ this brings me to a place of awe and gratefulness.

And this weekend, I’ll be celebrating the Earth with lots of other people as it’s the 42nd Earth Day on Sunday, April 22.

There were many encouraging acts passed to help preserve the environment after the first Earth Day in 1970.  Sadly, in recent years, the government and large corporations have not been focused on environmental issues.

More trees are being cut down; there have been major oil spills contaminating the water and killing our wildlife; genetically modified food is being introduced; more pesticides are being used; and something called fracking, a process used by pushing at high pressure, a massive amount of water mixed with sand and chemicals known to be toxic deep into the Earth to find natural gas, which is contaminating the water supply in the towns where fracking is happening.

This makes me so very sad and brings tears to my eyes.

I don’t like writing about this ~ I don’t like knowing about this … but I want to be sure that I am still able to breathe fresh air and drink clean water and eat healthy food now and when I’m older and that my family and you and yours and the next generation and the one after that and after that and on and on are also able to do the same.

Have you read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss?  In a nutshell, it’s a wonderful right-on tale about how we all need to be stewards of the environment.

You see, in the tale, there is a Once-ler who, to me, seems very similar to quite a few people in our government and large corporations.  Once-lers have, unfortunately, a sense of entitlement and greed living in their hearts and minds.  They believe that more is better and aren’t able to see beyond their nose ~ to know that what we do affects all ~ that we are connected and interdependent.

I wish I could do what Dr. Seuss did in his book ~ give the Once-lers here in our world a sweet-heart and conscience, so they begin to see with clear eyes that it is important for all of us to care for the environment, for our Earth, and take responsibility for each other.

The theme this year for Earth Day is  Mobilize the Earth™.   I’ll be joining lots of people to demand action from the world’s governments for a sustainable future that includes:

  • embracing renewable energy:
  • improving energy efficiency;
  • creating green jobs; and
  • providing a healthy environment for all.

The environmentalist Paul Hawken explains sustainability in a simple but profound way:

“It can also be expressed in the simple terms of an economic golden rule for the restorative economy:  leave the world better than you found it, take no more than you need, try not to harm life or the environment, make amends if you do.”

I know in my heart, we can do this together ~ so let your voice be heard as well this Earth Day ~ let’s all be the Lorax who spoke for the Truffula trees, the Bar-ba-loots and Swonee-swanns who were unable to speak on their own.

Come on, I’m pretty sure there will be an event you can go to, maybe volunteer to clean up a park or beach, help plant trees in your neighborhood or even your yard and sign those petitions.  Let your congress-person know you want to preserve this beautiful Earth of ours ~ for you and for all generations to come.

Now that you know what I’ll be doing this Earth Day, let me know what you will be doing!

The way we harm the Earth affects all people,
and how we treat one another
is reflected in how we treat the Earth.
~ Paul Hawken