Earth Day 2022

April 23

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~ John Muir

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together … all things connect. ~ Chief Seattle

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. ~ Jane Goodall

The good man is the friend of all living things. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

[Gene Rose – Douglas County Lakes Association]

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. ~ Robert Swan

We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share. ~ Maya Angelou

[Viola Riggle – Audubon Society]

Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling. ~ Greta Thunberg

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place. ~ Scott Peters

[John Riggle – Audubon Society]

If every day were Earth Day we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson, on Earth Day in 2022‍

I have learned you are never too small to make a difference. ~ Greta Thunberg

Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act. ~ Albert Einstein

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is an international grassroots environmental group that trains and supports volunteers to build relationships with their elected representatives in order to influence climate policy. The CCL is a registered 501(c)(4) with approximately $680,000 in revenue in the United States in 2018.  Operating since 2007, the goal of CCL is to build political support across party lines to put a price on carbon, specifically a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend (CF&D) at the national level. CCL is supported by notable climate scientists James Hansen, Katherine Hayhoe, and Daniel Kammen.  CCL’s advisory board also includes former Secretary of State George P. Schultz, former US Representative Bob Inglis, actor Don Cheadle, and RESULTS founder Sam Daley-Harris. Founded in the United States, the CCL has chapters in over 70 countries (Wikipedia).

I’m not that special. I can’t convince everyone. I’m just going to do what I want to do and what will have the most impact. ~ Greta Thunberg

The earth is what we all have in common. ~ Wendell Berry

When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money. ~ Alanis Obomsawin, Indigenous filmmaker

We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it. ~ Barack Obama

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Do something. Pay your rent for the privilege of living on this beautiful, blue-green, living Earth. ~ Dave Foreman

When enough people come together, then change will come and we can achieve almost anything. So instead of looking for hope — start creating it. ~ Greta Thunberg

My faith is an enormous motivator for me to engage as well, because climate change is not just an issue that affects the entire planet, it is one that disproportionately affects those who do not have the resources to cope with this change — those whom we are explicitly told as Christians to care for. ~ Katharine Hayhoe

[Tim Schoonhoven – Alexandria’s City Engineer]

For Christians, doing something about climate change is about living out our faith — caring for those who need help, our neighbors here at home or on the other side of the world, and taking responsibility for this planet that God created and entrusted to us. ~ Katharine Hayhoe

[John Riggle]

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty. ~ John Ruskin

The main solution is so simple that even a small child can understand it. We have to stop the emission of greenhouse gases. ~ Greta Thunberg

The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share. ~ Lady Bird Johnson

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead

I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet, you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you? ~ Greta Thunberg, UN Climate Change Summit New York, September 2019.

To my old brown earth / And to my old blue sky / I’ll now give these last few molecules of ‘I.’ / And you who sing, / And you who stand nearby, / I do charge you not to cry. ~ Pete Seeger, “To My Old Brown Earth”

Global warming is, quite simply, the biggest thing that humans have ever managed to do. ~ Bill McKibben

There is no such thing as away. When you throw something away, it must go somewhere. ~ Annie Leonard

The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change. ~ Greta Thunberg, TEDx Stockholm, December 2018.

Only we humans make waste that nature can’t digest. ~ Charles Moore

We have the opportunity to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited. All we need is the will to do so. ~ Sir David Attenborough

I have a dream that the people in power, as well as the media, start treating this crisis like the existential emergency it is. ~ Greta Thunberg

Now, out of sheer momentum, (we are) thrusting more and ever more roads into every little remaining patch of wilderness, which in many cases is is sheer stupidity. ~ Aldo Leopold

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts…. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. ~ Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring”

[Jake of Jake’s Bike’s on cleaning up the bike trail . . . ]

To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash. ~ Bill Nye

We children are doing this to wake the adults up. We children are doing this for you to put your differences aside and start acting as you would in a crisis. We children are doing this because we want our hopes and dreams back. ~ Greta Thunberg

I have to work with young people today so that we try and raise new generations to look after this poor old planet better than we have, before it’s too late. ~ Dr. Jane Goodall

[Bryan Van Gorp – Citizens for a Sustainable Future]

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. ~ Rachel Carson

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. ~ Gandhi

Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better. ~ Einstein

When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Our school strike has nothing to do with party politics. Because the climate and the biosphere don’t care about our politics and our empty words for a single second. ~ Greta Thunberg.

Man is still the greatest miracle and the greatest problem on this earth. ~ David Sarnoff

[Tim Schoonhoven – creating Alexandria’s Nature Trail]

The earth has music for those who listen. ~ William Shakespeare

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~ Native American Proverb

On Earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it. ~ Jules Renard

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Teach us to walk the soft Earth as relatives to all that live. ~ Sioux Prayer

Humans are very adaptable: we can still fix this. ~ Greta Thunberg, Houses of Parliament, UK, April 2019.

Save the Earth, it’s our only source of chocolate! ~ Anonymous

[Returning home after the program, we had waves for the first time on Lake H2Obert . . . ]

I don’t really like being in the center of attention. I’m not used to that. All my life I have been like the invisible girl at the back that no one sees or listens to. ~ Greta Thunberg.

Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favorable comparison with the products of nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life. ~ Thomas Edison

Up Next: Maybe shorts and t-shirts (well, in a couple more weeks) . . .

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