Each year we celebrate Earth Day since 1970..Why do we celebrate Earth Day? Here are some answers as per the Wikipedia , I qoute:"
Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated that year, and this Earth Day is now observed on April 22 each year by more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.
Senator Nelson, an environmental and conservationist activist, took a leading role in organizing the celebration, hoping to demonstrate popular political support for an environmental agenda. He modeled it on the highly effective Vietnam War teach-ins of the time. Earth Day was first proposed in a prospectus to JFK written by Fred Dutton. However, Nelson decided against much of Dutton's top-down approach, favoring a decentralized, grassroots effort in which each community shaped its action around local concerns.
Nelson had conceived the idea for his environmental teach-in following a trip he took to Santa Barbara right after the horrific oil spill off the coast in 1969. Outraged by the devastation and Washington political inertia, Nelson proposed a national teach-in on the environment to be observed by every university campus in the U.S." Unqoute.
This week end I will be teaching classes on Organic Gardening and will stress the need to plant more trees that are beneficial for food or medicine not just for decoration.
In this year we are witnessing more foreclosures and more people evicted into the streets with less jobs and higher prices for gasoline and food.Anybody there to listen to the "HELP ME" cries of the farmer who is losing his farm or home.Anyone appreciating the teachers who step out to teach about dressing the earth with more trees ,vegetables bearing fruit and food for humanity.
I see more and more of GREEN WASH talk but those who walk the talk are few and the HIPPOCRETES are too many.
Hope next year Earth Day will celebrate the END of the WAR on the EARTH (SOIL)..and people will stop calling it DIRT and take courage and start digging and planting and some start replacing the blood that taints their DIRTY hands ,for doing harm to forms of life, with black "muck" or "dirt"..oops I mean SOIL!.!
In the END ..Earth will be there while we will pass by and what remain is a a tune to tell a story of "Once upon an EARTH ,," .Enjoy the song :