On Christmas Eve 1969, astronaut Major Bill Anders was orbiting the moon with his fellow crew members on the Apollo 8 mission when a life changing event occurred.
He and the Apollo 8 crew witnessed the Earth rising from the lunar horizon. Anders acted quickly by grabbing a camera to photograph the awesome sight of the Earth. His photograph became known as “Earthrise.”
Because of this photograph, attention was suddenly drawn to the health of our planet. Nature photographer Galen Rowell declared it “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.”
This was an apparent wakeup call for Earth’s human inhabitants to start working on the healing process for the survival of Mother Earth. Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist, renowned CBS evening news anchor and advocate of conservation of rivers, lakes and seas, was so moved by the Earthrise photograph that in the spring of 1970, he launched the CBS Evening News segments called “Can the World Be Saved?”
On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was launched.
Each year since 1970, we have celebrated Earth Day on April 22. In 2020, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. If we all work really hard and focus on loving and caring for our planet, there is hope that we will see a huge energy shift in our planet and ourselves. By helping Mother Earth heal, we heal ourselves.
Our planet’s survival depends on the environmental consciousness of every human being – young and old. It is our responsibility.
Here is a list of things we can all start doing in our homes, at work and around our communities.
- Stop littering. If you see litter pick it up.
- Buy recyclable containers.
- Use public transportation and walk more.
- Stop purchasing more than you need.
- Take reusable totes/bags with you when you shop (not because you have to, but because you want to).
- Cut down on power consumption.
- Drive a fuel efficient vehicle or better yet drive an electric car.
- Use water wisely. There is only so much water.
- Use biodegradable soap and detergents.
- Use natural cleaning products.
- Transition to a whole food and plant-based diet.
- Love yourself, your home, your family, friends and neighbors.
- Love Earth
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