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Earth Day, 2009

April 22, 2009
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Polar Bear image from National Geographic's "Picture of the Day," 4/16/09

Polar Bear image from National Geographic's "Picture of the Day," 4/16/09

What we lose in our great human exodus from the land is a rooted sense, as deep and intangible as religious faith, of why we need to hold on to the wild and beautiful places that once surrounded us. We seem to succumb so easily to the prevailing human tendency to pave such places over, build subdivisions upon them, and name them the Willows, or Peregrine’s Roost, or Elk Meadows, after whatever it was that got killed there. Apparently, it’s hard for us humans to doubt, even for a minute, that this program of plunking down our edifices at regular intervals over the entire landmass of planet Earth is overall a good idea.  —  Barbara Kingsolver

If we think of ourselves as coming out of the earth, rather than having been thrown in here from somewhere else, we see that we are the earth; we are the consciousness of the earth. These are the eyes of the earth. And this is the voice of the earth.  — Joseph Campbell

Love to throw yourself on the earth and kiss it. Kiss the earth and love it with an unceasing, consuming love. — Feodor Dostoyevsky (This one reminds me of a scene in John Steinbeck’s wonderful novel, To A God Unknown.)

(Source for all three quotes, Sun Magazine, July 2008)

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