Earth Day

[Edmund Muskie listens to Allen Ginsberg at the first Earth Day Celebration, Philadelphia, April 22nd, 1970]

Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day, Mother Earth Day. The original manifestation on April 22, 1970, has mushroomed into a global awareness, global activity. It is no coincidence that today also marks the one-year anniversary of the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change (an agreement entered into by representatives of no less than one-hundred-and-ninety-five countries, and – shockingly – criticized, derided and shunned by a corrupt and ignorant American leadership). The postponement of Tuesday’s scheduled talks on a potential US withdrawal from the accord (more politic-ing) doesn’t engender too much confidence or hope.  Is it too late? It is never too late to act responsibly.

Selfishness and greed are obviously singular factors at play, but compassion (a Buddhist compassion) might still be suggested, focusing on the ignorance behind the myopia . So this year’s theme for Earth Day, worldwide, is “climate and environmental science literacy”. True to the tradition, there will be “teach-ins” (on the National Mall in Washington DC) – and an all-important “ March for Science

For further details – see here

The full text of an open letter. published on September 20, 2016, by 377 members of the National Academy of Sciences (including 30 Nobel Laureates), drawing atttention to the serious risks of climate change, may be read – here

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