Living in A.W.E. (Part 3)

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 “Can the World Be Saved?” CBS Evening News segments. On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was launched.

Earth rising over moon - Mj. Bill Anders, NASA Astronaut aboard Apollo 8 Christmas Eve, 1969During the Apollo 14 lunar mission, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, NASA astronaut and Naval officer and aviator, watched Earth hover in space and was overcome with a deep sense of universal interconnectedness. He stated, “On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious. My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity. We went to the Moon as technicians; we returned as humanitarians.”

Earth has existed and evolved for an estimated 4.6 billion years. Humans have existed and evolved over the past 200,000 years and our ancestors before us for about six million years. The word “human” comes from the Latin word humus which means Earth and ground. The Latin word “humanus” means Man. It’s no coincidence that humans are made of the same stuff as Earth. “Dust thou art and to dust thou must return” (Genesis 3:19).

We all know that industrialization, which started in the late 1700s, has been a blessing and a curse to us and our planet. It altered our way of living and our planet’s health. It is now up to us to change for the wellbeing of our planet and ourselves.

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.

Mother Earth can be healed through aggressive environmental laws and the efforts and consciousness of every person around the globe. She deserves and needs cleaner air, water and land, and so does every living thing on Earth. Every home, business and industry need to do their part to the best of their ability. Our planet’s survival depends on the environmental consciousness of every human being – young and old. It is our responsibility.

What are you doing to heal our planet and strengthen your connection and relationship with Earth? As you begin making changes, you will begin feeling an energy shift. Your new frequency will then ripple out to many others and will continue with each new person who comes in contact with this healing and loving energy.

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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