21 April 2008

International Earth Day

Throughout the World on April 22, Earth Day will be celebrated, a date which marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. This is not a day that is reserved for activists in wealthy Western countries, it is in fact a day that needs to be observed by everyone in every place. Certainly here at Arunachala, we need to become aware of how the expanding population is having a serious and deletrious affect on the quality of life of animals and people.

"Earth Day is the first holy day which transcends all national borders, yet preserves all geographical integrities, spans mountains and oceans and time belts, and yet brings people all over the world into one resonating accord, is devoted to the preservation of the harmony in nature and yet draws upon the triumphs of technology, the measurement of time, and instantaneous communication through space.

Earth Day draws on astronomical phenomena in a new way – which is also the most ancient way – using the vernal Equinox, the time when the Sun crosses the equator making night and day of equal length in all parts of the Earth. To this point in the annual calendar, Earth Day attaches no local or divisive set of symbols, no statement of the truth or superiority of one way of life over another. But the selection of the March Equinox makes planetary observance of a shared event possible, and a flag which shows the Earth as seen from space appropriate."

[Margaret Mead]

To find more about Earth Day you can visit the official site of the International Earth Day, at this link.

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