21 Apr Earth Day
The first Earth Day began 50 years ago, thanks in part to two pictures. The first is of planet earth, the first photos taken from space.
The Blue Marble. Author: NASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans.
In this image, we see the splendour of planet earth. Differences between people seem petty in the grand scheme of things. We all share this planet and need to take responsibility for protecting it.
The second is the disastrous Santa Barbara oil spill.
Mary C. Rabbitt, 1989, “The United States Geological Survey: 1879-1989,” US Geological Survey, Circular 1050, Figure 43, p.43. Author: USGS
In this image, we see the destruction caused by irresponsibility; the Santa Barbara oil rig did not follow regulations. Over 80,000 barrels of crude oil spilt into the Channel off the shores of California, killing over 3,000 sea birds in addition to many other marine animals like dolphins and sea lions.
The contrast of seeing the world as a shared space whilst also causing such devastation caused national upheaval. The inaugural Earth Day held in 1970 is still the most prominent protest action that Americans have ever undertaken. Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world.
Earth Day is about doing what we can to improve environmental health, whether through clean-up operations, education courses, environmental celebrations, or peaceful environmental protest actions.
Love Nature wants to do its part for this important international event by showcasing some of the most captivating beauties of planet Earth. We do so to inspire individuals to take action to protect their environments in whatever way they can.
Key Programs Include:
Dawn to Dusk 101-103
After the Wildfires
Pridelands: Wilderness Reborn
Thursday, 22 April at 4:40 PM on Love Nature (ch 224)
Author: Jan Hendrik Harmse