I chose that picture at right because, as a mother, I know there is nothing more sacred than a child. A blessed gift from the Universe, God, Spirit. I want nothing more than to protect my baby. She wants nothing more than to make me happy. It’s a deep mutual love based on respect, admiration and TRUST. Neither one of us wants to disappoint the other.
Now, imagine our planet and her billions upon billions of children. Insects, birds, mammals, oceans, trees… A harmonically balanced system of life. Perfect in its complexity and simplicity. The duality of life in mutual symbiosis. A miracle.
If you’ve read my blog lately, you know I’ve been building on the idea of We Are One. Energy exists. It never dies, but changes form. If that’s true – and Einstein and I believe it to be – then the Earth is as much a part of us as we are of her. Hence, what we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves.
(Let’s not rehash how I got to this truism. I describe the path in my past posts http://www.eco-rico.com/diary/.
I like to say, “what we do for another, we do for ourselves, and vice versa.” Not so with the planet. Yes, what we do to her, we to ourselves. BUT, there’s no vice versa. We die without the Earth – not the other way around.
Now, please look at that picture again.
In that picture, the earth is our baby. We are the Mother.
That means it’s up to us to care for her, nurture, feed and protect her. HUH?!
Look, I believe it’s my duty and privilege to help the planet that has fed and watered my body and filled my spirit with joy when I watch the sun set from the ridge of a mountain, the bow of a boat, the edge of the sea.
My child marvels at the miracles she sees every day on this planet. Have you watched a hummingbird feed on nectar lately? Or had a caterpillar crawl up your arm? Or climbed a tree?
I look through my child’s eyes and KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mother Earth needs our healing energy to perpetuate her magnificence and continue to feed her children in a non-toxic, clean, life-sustaining environment.
Who is Mother Earth? Duh, the planet. However, with the onslaught of the Industrial Age, perfectly balanced eco-systems and food chains have become imbalanced by humanity’s recent (in terms of earth’s lifespan) behavior.
So we’ve got to change our perspective when we consider the question “Who is Mother Earth”.
Our Mother – the planet that provides what we need to live – is sick. Scientists keep proving that point, though many of us won’t listen. Maybe it’s too daunting, which is precisely why we have to pay attention. What’s critical is that the planet’s most advanced children have the means to make her better, so long as they act decisively and quickly.
It’s time for the children to mother the Mother.
The question then is really a riddle. The answer: We the People are all Mother Earth. HUH?!
This answer is not some New Age hooey. It’s Truth. We perish without our planet. She perishes if we continue on the course we’ve chosen of late. Our mutually symbiotic relationship requires human beings to change course or die. Each of us has to take the lead on this one.
Humanity will die before Mother Earth does. Or worst case, when she does.
Our diseases worsen with the Earth’s decline. When we eat food grown in toxic soil, we get sick. When we breathe air polluted by chemical particulates, we get sick. When we drink water laced with acids, we get sick. It must be so – unless and until we clean up the soil, air and water.
We gotta put on our Big Boy and Big Girl pants and ACT. Overwhelm is not an option. What do you do when a family member gets sick? You ACT. You do whatever it takes to make that person feel better. Anything.
There are 7 Billion of us. If one billion ACT in some small way, Big Change happens. Small steps lead to big leaps.
This Earth Day, do something kind for Mother Earth.
Here are some suggestions:
-Plant a fruit-bearing tree.
-Recycle your toxic waste at a Toxic Waste Center.
-March at an Earth Day rally.
-Buy organic fruits and veggies from a local farmer’s market.
-Send Congress and the President a letter asking them to label GMOs.
-Join an earth-friendly organization.
-Download the Environmental Working Group’s Shoppers Guide to Pesticide in Produce (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/) to learn what to buy organic.
-Donate your time and/or money to a cause you believe will help in some small way.
-Browse the organic products in your local grocery store and BUY one.
–Subscribe to EcoRicoTV’s YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/ecoricotv) for eco- info and fab organic recipes!
The acts of kindness you do for the planet, you do for yourself and those you love.
Happy Mother Earth Day, my friends.
I welcome your comments and suggestions.
Peace and love to us all.
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