Fresh Quotes EARTH

On this Earth Day please do something however small for the Earth. Plant a tree, walk instead of drive. Don’t buy anything new.  Look to the past for inspiration. We once were more in touch with the Earth and the basics of life and death. Life was messy and sometimes ugly but real.

We worked hard and got our hands dirty. More people grew their own food, made their own clothes and bartered with neighbors. Children played outside all day in the fresh air. We were strong and healthy…life was good and rich and full.. but somewhere along the line we gradually removed ourselves from the nasty bits of life. The dirty. the unpleasant, the time consuming.

Life is now for the taking,  prepackaged and ready to go. It’s been inspected and sanitized. And it’s on sale for those that can afford to pay.  Everyone else must make do…and we left the rural communities and farms and tight knit families. We worked in the factories to make goods and life was good, there was enough to go around…we reached a gilded age. A time of plenty.

It is not only unfortunate but starkly unfair that our spending spree comes at the expense of our progeny; the ones left in our wake who will not think so much of us I think.

On this Earth Day, plant a tree, plant several….do something, or better yet, do nothing. Go outside. Spend some time with the earth. With nature… 

I think if we all spent more time outdoors. learned to love the natural world all over again….and if we brought our children and allowed them this gift; the love and deep appreciation of nature.

I think we’d as a people would care more about our beautiful planet and take active steps to do as little harm to our home as possible and perhaps leave it a little better than how we found it. Hopefully they will look upon us as pioneers who blazed the trail and set in motion events that will subsequently save our planet from us and thus save ourselves too.

HAPPY EARTH DAY 2015

~NLM

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Great Smoky Mountains. North Carolina. USA

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
―Theodore Roosevelt

Our Galaxy over Queenstown ( on the evening of the Aurora Australis ) space star

Our Galaxy over Queenstown ( on the evening of the Aurora Australis )

 “The earth is speaking to us, but we can’t hear because of all the racket our senses are making. Sometimes we need to erase them, erase our senses. Then – maybe – the earth will touch us. The universe will speak. The stars will whisper.”

 -Jerry Spinelli

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 “We don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”

~Native American Proverb (source unclear)


art woman blue

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair” 
― Kahlil Gibran

 

the beginning ind native

“Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!”
~Chief Seattle

 

flying-bee-flower

If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either.
~Joseph Wood Krutch
Earth Blue-Marble-by-Nasa-Public-Domain-via-Wikimedia

Earth Blue-Marble-by-Nasa-Public-Domain-via-Wikimedia

 “We have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life’s continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to it, but here we are.” 

~Stephen Jay Gould

monarch milkweed

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

~Margaret Mead

 

art earth jumping off

 

“Sit, be still, and listen,
because you’re drunk
and we’re at
the edge of the roof.”
―Rumi

peace earth eye

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