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Earth Day: Our Dependence on our Mother

Today is Earth Day.  This is a sad day for me as I see the arrogance and controlling nature of human kind destroying our planet at an alarming rate.  Even in our quiet little wooded lakeside community we live with people who want the trees cut down and the wildlife killed or relocated.

As much as people want to believe they depend on no one, we have to remember the earth is our mother.  We do depend on her — for our very lives.  She provides the air we breathe, the water we drink, the ground that supports us, the food we eat — everything necessary for survival is available from our mother, the earth.  As we continue to poison the air, water and ground how long can we expect her to support us?

We were put on this earth to tend the garden.  To care for and nurture the earth and the creatures living on it.  The earth is not ours to exploit until there is nothing of any value left.  As we destroy the earth we are destroying ourselves.

This is the time to keep up on important environmental issues and take action as needed.  Some may be able to work on the “front lines” to save and protect our earth and her wildlife.  Those of us who cannot do that can still help by writing letters, signing petitions and being aware of how our everyday actions effect the earth.

Finally, we can all pray.  The prayer of one person raises the energetic vibration of the earth, but when we all join together it is multiplied over and over.  I have been involved in international, inter-faith prayer efforts and the power of such prayers is so strong, at times it can seem overwhelming.

So this Earth Day, start taking your responsibility for caring for the earth seriously.  Show Mother Earth a little love.  We can stop this…

 

Earth Day

Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

Today is Earth Day.  According to the Earth Day website, “The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life to share their concerns about each citizen’s critical role in the environment. Their actions led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Now over one billion people in 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”

Every year during the month of April people across the United States and the world celebrate.  These celebrations range from large events such as festivals or rallies to individuals and groups planting trees or picking up trash, to letter writing campaigns.

Earth Day is a great time to come together with like-minded people and work for change in how we care for the Earth, but we can’t let it stop there.  Earth Day is a time to remember how important it is that we work together to save the earth, but it’s not the big splashy events that count.  It’s the single, simple actions of individual every day of the year that will bring about change.  What will you do today to start that change?

http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement

Activities to Teach Children to Care for the Earth

It is important that we teach our children that it is our responsibility to care for the earth.  I don’t think you can start too young with this.  Keep it positive, and show not only by words but by example ways that we can help the planet.  This is not something we can leave to the schools, we must teach these things at home.  The following are links to activities that you may find helpful.

http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/earth/index.html

http://tinkerlab.com/fifty-earth-day-activities/

http://greenliving.about.com/od/greenprograms/tp/earth_day_kids.htm

http://www.parents.com/blogs/toddlers-kids/2015/04/16/fun/earth-day-activities-for-kids/

A Simple Discipline: Honor Your Mother Earth

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Many people, even people of faith, have a mistaken idea about our relationship to the earth.  They seem to believe this planet and its resources are ours to do with as we wish.  Some of us still understand that we were placed in the “garden” to be caretakers, not to plunder and pillage its resources.

How can we forget that the earth is our mother?  The Biblical account of the creation of man says that God made man from the dust of the earth and breathed life into him.  If we say that God is our Father then indeed the Earth is our mother.  So why do we treat her so badly?  She nourishes us and sustains us although we are making it increasingly difficult for her to do so.  How long will we be able to continue to ignore that damage we have done to her and the impact that damage is having on our lives?

April is recognized as Earth Month, with Earth Day coming later in the month.  This month we will focus on the Earth and things we can do to care for her.  Let us honor our Mother, the earth and show her the respect and care she is due.  By doing this we also honor our Father God.

Love Your Mother Earth

Earth Day
Earth Day (Photo credit: Ontario Wanderer)

Today is Earth Day.  As a person of faith I believe God is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother.  Scripture tells us we were formed from her and we return to her when we die.  We were not given the earth to plunder and destroy but to care for and nurture.

This Earth Day think about how much of the earth’s precious resources you use.   Think of ways you can reduce your consumption of water, electricity, gasoline and land.

What one positive step can you take this week to make a difference? Read my Squidoo lens  Art and Craft Supplies from the Trash  for ideas on how to reuse some of that paper and plastic packaging you bring into your home.