Loving the Earth
Help create awareness re the need for people to take responsibility towards a sustainable future. . .by caring for Mother Earth!
Earth is our home!
"We are all caretakers of this planet."
"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." - Rachel Carson
One way to stir up our earth love is to raise our own awareness about earth's magnificence and our responsibility towards its upkeep. Paying more attention increases our capacity to enjoy, to be happy, to appreciate and to be grateful for this wonderful abode to mankind and to all its inhabitants. So, this is an invitation for you to journey with me . . . not to the moon . . . but on, around and about earth.
So, let's dive in. . . meeting Mother Earth a little bit closer- starting out by calling to mind some basic facts. and then, moving on towards a more specific. experiential and personal encounter.
Some basic information about the Earth
- The earth is the third planet from the Sun, the densest planet in the Solar System, the largest of the Solar System's four terrestrial (rocky) planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars).
- Earth was formed around four and a half billion years ago.
- The earliest life on Earth arose at least 3.5 billion years ago.
- Earth is currently home to 10–14 million species of life, including over 7.3 billion humans who depend upon its biosphere and minerals.
- Earth gravitational interacts with other objects in space, especially the Sun and the Moon. During one orbit around the Sun, Earth rotates about its own axis 366.26 times, creating 365.26 solar days or one sidereal year.
- Earth's terrain varies greatly from place to place. About 70.8% of the surface is covered by water, with much of the continental shelf below sea level.
- The remaining 29.2% (148.94 million km2, or 57.51 million sq mi) not covered by water consists of mountains, deserts, plains, plateaus, and other landforms.
- It is estimated that one-eighth of Earth's surface is suitable for humans to live on – three-quarters of Earth's surface is covered by oceans, leaving one quarter as land. Half of that land area is desert (14%), high mountains (27%), or other unsuitable terrain.
- Earth is the only astronomical object known to accommodate life. Earth provides liquid water—an environment where complex organic molecules can assemble and interact, and sufficient energy to sustain metabolism.
- Estimates on how much longer the planet will be able to continue to support life range from 500 million years (myr), to as long as 2.3 billion years (byr). The future of the planet is closely tied to that of the Sun.
Some interesting notes based on the above-stated information:
- Three-quarters of Earth's surface is covered by bodies of water, leaving one quarter as land mass. Interestingly, and in the same vein, the human body water constitutes as much as 73% of the body weight of a newborn infant, and 65% on the average for adults. The rest of the human body composed of lean tissues and as well as fatty tissues for the adult. For me, this shows how directly connected is the human body to the earth or its environment.
- The Earth is the only habitable place in the entire Solar System, or even in the entire universe known to man and in so far as scientific findings will show. Yet, only a small portion of it is actually available for habitation by man.
- As studies have revealed, the Earth will not stay forever as is in its current form. It is finite, extinction is possible. Earth is evolving and will continue to evolve into something else, yet, probably in a billion years more.
- Thus, no matter how humans flaunt its superiority over the world, the truth is, the Earth rules. And it is for the sake and best interest of the human race that it should learn how to heed nature's warnings.
- It is a common knowledge that various types of human pollution accelerate global warming that causes climate change. And when Earth suffers, we suffer. It is along this area of caring for the environment that humans can show love to Mother Earth both collectively or even on an individual basis.
Activities In Support of Mother Earth
- Collectively, various countries observe Earth Day which is an event that is celebrated every April 22 of every year. It is a day dedicated to events that will increase awareness and appreciation of the earth’s natural environment. Though officially designated by the United Nations such date as International Mother Earth Day in 2009, it is worthwhile to note that many consider the year 1970 as the birth of the modern environmental movement.
- Earth Day Network now works with more than 22,000 partners in 192 countries all over the world. Earth Day is a positive response to urgent and valid environmental issues. Yet, this is not the time to be slack. After all, Earth Day goes beyond a day of celebration since life itself and protecting the earth that supports it is a 24/7 affair. The call of the Earth echoes even more at everyone’s doorstep. . . your own consciousness doorstep. Let those who have ears, heed the call. Know and involve yourself in any Earth Day activities in your respective locality.
- Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held worldwide annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the last Saturday in March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.
A deeply touching story. This farmer from Thailand proves life is easy if you love the earth.
Jon observed that people who take it easy, indeed find life to be easy and simple because they have simple mind and simple needs. Conversely, people who work hard, usually find themselves so burdened with life. Life for them is so hard. People who have time for themselves and are connected to the earth have time to understand themselves and to appreciate life better. Thus, they live a happier life. The earth provides all of human's need. It is man who makes his life hard by separating himself from the earth that provides everything necessary (but not everything he wants).
Perhaps, like Jon, it's about time we also reconnect with Mother Earth and do our share, be it in big or small way(s), to preserve and to protect our environment.
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis was a great lover of God's creation, before there was such a word as environmentalist. He exemplifies many of the best attributes of what it means to be an environmentalist today, but he was not an environmentalist in the modern sense of the word. Everyone, especially the 21st-century Catholics can learn a great deal from the way that St. Francis prayed in nature and how he discovered more about God and himself through the practice of contemplative prayer in nature. - (source: uscatholic.org)
Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon by St. Francis
Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise is Yours, all glory, all honour and all blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.
Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
And fair and stormy, all weather's moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.
Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water,
So useful, humble, precious and pure.
Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You my Lord through our Sister,
who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon for love of You and bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace, By You Most High, they will be crowned.
Praised be You, my Lord through Sister Death,
from whom no-one living can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Blessed are they She finds doing Your Will.
No second death can do them harm. Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks,
And serve Him with great humility.
Bible Verses and Meaningful Quotes About the Earth
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth . . . God saw all that he had made, and it was very good." - (Genesis 1:1,31)
"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work and take care of it." (Genesis 2:15)
"Earth laughs in flowers." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth." - George Bernard Shaw
"Everything for me is sacred, beginning with earth, but also going to things made by man." -Paolo Coelho
"Trees are the endless effort to speak to the listening heaven." - Rabindranath Tagore
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."- Native American Proverb