This morning, April 23rd, the day after the official Earth Day I unfurled the Arkansas Democrat Gazette to images of the Paris Agreement signing. (Yes, I work in a technology store, but we still get an old fashioned newspaper for our customers to read while waiting. LOL).
While the Paris accord carries its own significance, what ignites my faith in human beings is creative local responses to the urgent need for more Earth loving.
My Facebook newsfeed overflows with both stark climate news and courageous homegrown, grassroots reactions to ecological threats. I’ve considered keeping a list of these Heart-Full efforts, as a testament to the human spirit. So far I’ve settled for remembering this expanding web of Earth-caring in my daily prayers and meditation.
This Earth Day week here in Eureka Springs, as the last of the Ozark redbud blossoms were fading, I was fortunate to encounter in person quite a few folks who are passionately pursuing an array of climate conscious activities — everything from bee keeping, to free solar power consultations, to lobbying for energy policy changes, to planting native flowers, to organizing a community discussion of Pope Francis’ encyclical.
What about your Earth Day experiences? What invited your attention, action or appreciation?
Of course, many Earth-honoring moments escape the headlines; being principled decisions initiated in the privacy of the Heart or the home or being actions undertaken in the unnoticed vicissitudes of everyday life or off the interest list of major media outlets.
Publicized or not, each Earth-caring response matters. Each in a sense, is its own actualized “Agreement”. A vibrant pact between Earth and the Human Heart. A covenant so intrinsic to our human Being, that when remembered, it eliminates all need to remind ourselves that every day is to be lived as Earth Day.