Whole Earth Day
Yesterday was Earth Day.
And I spent most of the day outside.
I don't think I even looked at a computer.
And that is quite an unusual occasion for me these days.
Earth Day was originally started by John McConnell.
"When I first conceived of Earth Day, a global holiday to celebrate the wonder of life on our planet, I thought long and hard about the day on which it should fall. It must be meaningful. One that might be accepted universally for all of humankind.
When the Vernal Equinox dawned on me, I immediately knew it was right. The Earth tremor that shook our California dwelling at that moment seemed an omen of confirmation. What could be more appropriate than the first moment of Spring, when day and night are equal around the world and hearts and minds can join together with thoughts of harmony and Earth's rejuvenation.
Just as a single prayer can be significant, how much more so when hundreds, thousands, millions of people throughout the world join in peaceful thoughts and prayers to nurture neighbor and nature.
And so it came to pass we initiated the celebration of Earth Day on March 21, 1970.
The first Proclamation of Earth Day was by San Francisco, the City of Saint Francis, patron saint of ecology. Designating the First Day of Spring, March 21, 1970 to be Earth Day, this day of nature's equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations where it is observed each year.
Earth Day was firmly established for all time on a sound basis as an annual event to deepen reverence and care for life on our planet."
Of course, Earth Day in the United States is April 22nd. Everyone gets in the act, General Motors, even the Bush Administration.
There is even an Earth Day. gov site. It has a picture of the POTUS outside with an ice chest and some buckets. The page opens with,
"Earth Day is a time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress. Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions. Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet."
Yet, best I can tell, this site has next to nothing to say about global warming.
It's like celebrating the health of your Mom while she is in bed with a fever of 104 degrees, all the while talking about how much progress has been made fixing up her car.
True, if you get into the site and look towards the bottom, you'll see some tepid inititiaves such as this:
"President Bush has committed America to meeting the long-term challenge of global climate change by reducing the ratio of greenhouse gas emissions to economic output by 18 percent by 2012 compared to 2002. "
The top of the Earth Day.gov site says
"Celebrate and Accelerate".
And pretty clearly, these policies will accelerate the growth of carbon in our atmosphere and they will increase the likelihood of even more dangerous positive feed backs that will ultimately accelerate the change even more.
I don't know if we should celebrate that though.
Some Day, Earth Day will not be Eco Event.
It will be a Political Event.
We will celebrate the time that the Earth became whole.
We will celebrate the day that we all became sailors.
We will celebrate the day that a true and operable Earth Union
And like the European Union,
We might elect our representatives to the Earth Congress.
Or, through the use of our advanced communication tools,
it might be a true democracy of the whole.
We will celebrate the Day the Earth Became Whole,
And the POTUS will not be there.
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