April 22

Earth Day

Reflection

 We are the first people who have viewed our planet from space and been awed by its integrity and beauty. We have realized how fragile it is in the vastness of the universe. Yet, even as we are awed by the wonder of our planet, we realize that our own insensitivity to its nature is causing irreparable damage to its ability to sustain the lives of the other creatures with whom we share this planet and ultimately of our own. Earth Day reminds us of our responsibility and challenge in the crisis we are facing. It calls us back from accepting gross economic gain and self-indulgence in the misuse of Earth’s resources to respect and protection of the riches of Earth’s gifts on which we all depend and in which we all share.

I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si 

Prayer

We thank you. O God, for our life-giving Earth.  May we be zealous for the Earth not just today, but every day of our lives.

Action 

Go to http://www.earthday.org/earthday/

Earth Day 2017’s Theme is Environmental & Climate Literacy

Earth Day Network is launching a campaign for global environmental and climate literacy by Earth Day 2020. It is dedicated to ensuring that every student around the world graduates high school as an environmental and climate literate citizen, ready to take action and be a voice for change. This goal is not only an enormous undertaking, it is critical and timely. The signing of the Paris Agreement is one step towards mitigating the impacts of climate change. Education needs to be a key part of this effort.

Suggested Reading

Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth.
Laudato Si, 92

 Each community can take from the bounty of the earth whatever it needs for subsistence, but it also has the duty to protect the earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming generations.
Laudato Si, 67

Clearly, the Bible has no place for a tyrannical anthropocentrism unconcerned for other creatures.
Laudato Si,68 

Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise.
Laudato Si, 12.

Love God’s creation,
the whole and every grain of sand in it.
Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light.
Love the animals, love the plants, love everything.
If you love everything,
you will perceive the divine mystery in things.
Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it
better every day.
And you will come at  last to love the whole world with
an all embracing love.
Fedor Dostoevski, Love of Creation

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
Barry Commoner

The earth is what we all have in common.
Wendell Berry

He that plants trees loves others beside himself.
Thomas Fuller

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
Native American Proverb

If we are ever to halt climate change and conserve land, water and other resources, not to mention reduce animal suffering, we must celebrate Earth Day every day — at every meal.
Ingrid Newkirk

I had assumed that the Earth, the spirit of the Earth, noticed exceptions — those who wantonly damage it and those who do not. But the Earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable.
Alice Walker

To treat all parts of Earth as sacred and Earth’s beings as our neighbors to be respected and loved…
Land Ethic Statement, Sisters of Saint Joseph, Brentwood, NY

 

The theme for Earth Day 2017 is Environmental and Climate Literacy. 2017 is a pivotal moment for the planet. This Earth Day marks the first anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement. Despite this remarkable achievement, we cannot afford to pull back our efforts. To build a world that values environmental protection and cultivates sustainable communities for all people, we must have educated citizens. 

 

 

 

 

 

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