“We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors – We Borrow It from Our Children.” ~ Unknown

As I look out my window on a world that is green and sunny I realize – once again – the importance of not taking our planet for granted. As I write this I can hear the sound of birds chirping and the breeze rustling the leaves, calling me to pay attention.

If the past year or so has shown us anything, it is the impermanence of everything – from the dramatic weather such as hurricanes, blizzards, drought, devastating fires to the dramatic political landscape that is changing constantly.

Speaking of politics, and making a positive difference – instead of the alternative we seem to be facing now – Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day. Senator Gaylord Nelson was instrumental in the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. “It was truly an astonishing grassroots explosion… The objective was to get a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment so large that it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy,” Nelson said later about the first Earth Day.

While we have come a long way from that first Earth Day on April 22, 1970,  we still have a long way to go. And, in the last year we have been backsliding – reversing too many environmental protection laws to mention. While some of us are denying there is such a thing as climate change, there is an ever-increasing belief that we must do something – now – to save our planet. Truth is, it can be discouraging and disheartening to see a cavalier attitude from so many people.  Truth also is, no matter what the naysayers are doing or not doing, you and I can still make a difference – every day. One way is appreciating the world around us – all that’s wonderful and amazing.

So… Earth Day. What better time to get outside and celebrate our planet?