Celebrating Earth Day
Dear Readers: Today, Earth Day, is a time for reflection on and gratitude for our beautiful planet. If you are looking for some ways to show your appreciation with time or money, below is a list of organizations devoted to environmental sustainability.
-- Community Supported Agriculture. Buying a CSA box allows you to buy local, seasonal produce directly from a farmer. You will be supporting local agriculture and enjoying the freshest foods you can find at the same time.
-- National Audubon Society: This organization protects species whose habitats are endangered by climate change and promotes conservation efforts nationwide.
-- The Sierra Club: Founded in 1892, the Sierra Club is devoted to protecting and celebrating the most special, exotic places and ecosystems in the world. (The nonprofit's calendars and notecard collections make for wonderful gifts, featuring breathtaking shots of animals and nature from around the world.)
And now for some of my favorite quotes about Mother Earth:
"When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten and the last stream poisoned, you will realize that you cannot eat money." -- Prophecy of Cree Indians
"If we surrendered to earth's intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees." -- Rainer Maria Rilke
"Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." -- John Muir
"Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky." -- Khalil Gibran
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." -- Rachel Carson