Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day


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Every day is Earth Day. ~Author Unknown

For 200 years we've been conquering Nature. Now we're beating it to death. ~Tom McMillan, quoted in Francesca Lyman, The Greenhouse Trap, 1990

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

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. ~Bill Vaughn, quoted in Jon Winokur, The Portable Curmudgeon, 1987

A living planet is a much more complex metaphor for deity than just a bigger father with a bigger fist. If an omniscient, all-powerful Dad ignores your prayers, it's taken personally. Hear only silence long enough, and you start wondering about his power. His fairness. His very existence. But if a world mother doesn't reply, Her excuse is simple. She never claimed conceited omnipotence. She has countless others clinging to her apron strings, including myriad species unable to speak for themselves. To Her elder offspring She says - go raid the fridge. Go play outside. Go get a job. Or, better yet, lend me a hand. I have no time for idle whining. ~David Brin

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
~George Carlin

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~Cree Indian Proverb

There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet. ~Brooke Medicine Eagle

11 comments:

Poetikat said...

I've not heard that Carlin bit before, but how very apt.

Very good post. I commend you for it.

Kat

Tessa said...

A thought-provoking post for Earth Day and, yes, it is important that we all repeat 'Earth Day is every day' like a mantra.

Susan said...

merci !! for the John Cage quote. I love it ... so true,
so perfect

Much love, S & les Gang

chasing-vulpecula.blogspot.com/

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

If everyday is not "earth day," than what is it?! Our we ever NOT on the earth for even one day....

Nyla said...

that carlin quote made me laugh :)

happy earth day, yoli!

marc aurel said...

I sent you a meme and invite you to fill it in and send it on its way.

Glennis said...

Nice picture, isn't our Earth a thing of beauty, and long may it continue to be,
We must take care of it for future generations.

A Cuban In London said...

'Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.'

Have heard this before and it's so true. Many thanks.

Greetings from London..

jen laceda said...

These are all great quotes for champions of the environment.

Mila said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous post. We need posts like this one.
Thank you so much, dear.

You have amazingly beautiful and sweet children. <3

Mila.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

It amazes me the crap that humans do to help 'ruin' the earth... I agree... 'Earth Day is every day'... hugs to ya...