Sunday, April 22, 2007

earth day

Great Spirit, whose dry lands thirst, help us to find the way to refresh your lands.
We pray for your power to refresh your lands.
Great Spirit, whose waters are choked with debris and pollution, help us to find the way to cleanse your waters.
We pray for your knowledge to find the way to cleanse the waters.
Great Spirit, whose beautiful earth grows ugly with misuse, help us to find the way to restore beauty to your handiwork.
We pray for your strength to restore the beauty of your handiwork.
Great Spirit, whose creatures are being destroyed, help us to find a way to replenish them.
We pray for your power to replenish the earth.
Great Spirit, whose gifts to us are being lost in selfishness and corruption, help us to find the way to restore our humanity.
We pray for your wisdom to find the way to restore our humanity.
U.N. Environmental Sabbath Program, Native American Prayer for the earth

praying for the earth is one thing, but it's more important if each of us ACTS for the earth. there are scores of things we can do every single day to heal the planet. after all, we are the primary cause of most of the 'illnesses' of our beautiful blue planet. global warming, land degradation, and species extinction can all be linked to human greed, selfishness, sloth, and aggression. there are tons of resources available with suggestions on how we can 'reduce our footprint' on the planet. today might be the official earth day, but don't stop today - make everyday earth day!

the concept of ecological footprint has been around for a while and it is useful to help understand our impact on the earth. an ecological footprint is a measure of how much of the earth's biological capacity is used to support a person's lifestyle, including producing the food and material to keep the person fed, clothed, and housed. I will let the graph speak for itself! it is vital we all do what we can - and do it now - walk, bike or take mass transit, eat local and eat low on the food chain, bring your own (reusable) bags, turn off lights and appliances, when a bulb blows replace it with a compact fluorescent bulb, say no to buying things that you might want but don't need, plant trees and shrubs! adopt the mantra - reduce, reuse, recycle! BE GREEN!

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