April 22, 2013

Children's Day - April 22nd, 2013 Earth Day

“We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.”
Michael Jackson

Today is Earth Day.
And for our blog is Children's Day. It seams fit to compile them in one post.

 How many times did you heard or said that children just don't play as the previous generations did. We talk video games, computers, how many dangers are just around the corner of the street. But we very rarely discuss environmental factors.
Part of why the children's play habits have changed is the way we relate and treat the world around us.
We talk about creating a better world for our children through innovation and progress to be made but we won't be able to compensate the damage done to our planet. 
Pollution and environmental changes are part of much suffering around the world from the Horn of Africa to the US East Coast. Contaminated water sources, contaminated land, less green spaces to run and play, air so hard to breathe that makes the "light as air" saying be obsolete, destruction and loss of species do not make for a better world.

We should not stop growing and developing but it is essential for present and future generation to reduce our impact on the living system that is supporting and ensuring our existence.

Mother Earth

I was walking along the beach one winter day. Looking down, I saw a wave push a feather up on the sand. It was a sea gull feather stained with oil. I picked it up and felt the dark slick film on my fingers. I couldn't help wondering if the bird had survived. Was it all right out there? I knew it wasn't.

I felt sad to think how carelessly we treat our home. The earth we all share is not just a rock tossed through space but a living, nurturing being. She cares for us; she deserves our care in return. We've been treating Mother Earth the way some people treat a rental apartment. Just trash it and move on.

But there's no place to move on to now. We have brought our garbage and our wars and our racism to every part of the world. We must begin to clean her up, and that means cleaning up our own hearts and minds first, because they led us to poison our dear planet. The sooner we change, the easier it will be to feel our love for Mother Earth and the love she so freely gives back to us.
* Poem from "Dancing The Dream, Poems and Reflections" by Michael Jackson

 "The Earth we share is not just a rock tossed through space, but a living, nurturing being. She cares for us, she deserves our care in return.”
Michael Jackson


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