The Daily: 22 April 2023

Earth Day

Earth Day was created in 1970 as a direct political challenge. Wisconsin’s Senator Gaylord Nelson wanted the US government to do what government is supposed to do — protect its people and lands from rapacious business. He created Earth Day and organized the first demonstrations across the country to force the hand of politicians. And it worked. A few months after that first day of mass protest, the EPA was created along with many of our foundational acts of environmental protection.

I believe every day is Earth Day, but some are more earthy than others. On this day, if I’m not participating in some form of protest (and recently, I haven’t done much of that), then I am engaged in more practical acts of environmental protection. I pick up trash, volunteer for restoration projects, and spend quite a bit of time in the garden. This year I’m doing all three. I have to clean up the filth that rude assholes have tossed into my Jungle. I am cutting down the invasive and aggressive plants in there also. And the whole of it will be in my garden.

I hope you are having as wonderfully restorative an Earth Day as I am!

canticle for earth day

gracious mother
glorious creator
generous progenitor
we remember this day
in gratitude
in humility
in wonderment
we give heartfelt thanks
for this being
for these bodies
for this magnanimous bounty
no promise broken
no necessity denied
no love withheld
even to these
your wayward children
is selfless solicitude bestowed
and though in bottomless want
we take more than our need
yet on this day once more
we come in supplication
we pray
that you open our eyes
that you soften our hearts
that you enlighten our minds
and knowing there are those
whose coldness is all consuming
we pray
that you protect our kin
that you tend this peculiar living flame
that you keep safe our peerless home
from us
holy earth
miraculous world
enveloping will
we sing this day
and we give thanks
for no gift is greater
than this life
may it always

A Nice Pairing

At about 8pm tonight, look to the west. A very bright Venus shines just over the crescent Moon.

©Elizabeth Anker 2023

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