I’ve always felt a very strong connection to the earth. I feel that people are born of this world and should therefore follow a lifestyle that’s respectful of our home. Earth day is for everyone. I’ve always chosen a path reflecting green values and beliefs. From an early age, I was constantly writing songs and poetry about mother earth. There was no Earth Day back then. For me, Earth Day was every day, for everyone. I was a tree hugger before there was an Earth Day to celebrate. But, it’s not just people like me who belong to the earth. It’s all of us.
Who’s your mother?
No matter what your religion, there is one thing clear about human origin. If it wasn’t for this planet we live on, none of us would be here. Human beings need all the resources provided by mother earth to survive. The air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat all come from mother earth. Mother earth provides us with shelter from the storms of life as well. This is why I feel a deep need to protect the earth. I want future generations to be able to enjoy earth’s bounty and appreciate her beauty as I have.
There is a place for everyone on Earth Day. This holiday is not about what country you live in or what path you choose to walk in life. Earth Day is about people coming together to save the earth for future generations. A joint effort is essential if we are to accomplish this task. We must all work together to save our home. We must put aside our differences if we wish to accomplish anything. Discrimination and separation have no place in the battle to save mother earth. We are all equal in this task, no matter what we believe, where we come from or even how old we are. This planet belongs to all of us, not just those we agree with. It belongs to every single human being and animal on the face of this earth.
My views on animal rights are pretty well known. As the bumper sticker says, animals are my friends and I don’t eat my friends. Some people may find my feelings to be radical and that’s OK. They’re my beliefs and I respect your right to disagree. The point is that human beings are not the only ones to consider on Earth Day. I think we would all agree that the blatant misuse of the earth by humans has claimed many innocent animal lives and that is a shame. Whether or not you believe as I do, Earth Day is also about preventing the extinction of all animal species. Their lives are literally in our hands. Other animals have no control over the way our lives are impacting the delicate Eco-system of this planet.
So, on Earth Day, and every day from this moment on, I ask that you all remember, this is a holiday for the entire human race, as well as every other creature that makes it’s home here on planet earth. We must work together to make the changes necessary to save this planet for future generations. Mother earth has been kind enough to provide us with a home suitable for our needs. This is true, no matter what your religion or personal beliefs may be. When we protect the earth and conserve resources, we are protecting our species and others from extinction. Earth Day is a holiday for everyone to reflect on what they can do to help save the planet. Our lives depend on it.
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