As earth day approaches, we all need to take time and considered all that the Divine has provided for us to exist and how we have repaid this gift.
This year consider this, take this day and give back a little. If every person on the planet (there were 6,973,738,433 in 2011) were to devote one single hour to doing something to clean up our world; imagine
what could be done. There are many ways that you could help. National, State and local parks have
volunteer programs that you could participate in, even if it were for just that one day; imagine the impact you could have not to mention the great feeling of accomplishment that comes from taking part in
it. I have been an active park volunteer (I guess you could almost call it a full time job) for about four years and have done things from simply cleaning up day use areas to active participation in habitat restoration. If that doesn’t appeal to you, why not take some time with your family and just take a walk and
pick up trash thrown on the ground by those who did not think to find a garbage can. Doing this will do two things, first; it will help heal our world, second; it will send a message to those who see you in action. Never underestimate the power of doing this, my wife and I have tried it and saw others actually begin
doing the same thing. The simple act of planting a tree has great impact and is actually an amazing
investment. A professor at the University of Calcutta (T, M. Das) did a study and came up with the value of a tree if left to do its natural job for fifty years: it would provide $31,250 worth of oxygen, $62,000 worth of pollution control and soil erosion control, $31,250 worth of improved fertility of the surrounding ground, recycle $37,500 worth of ground water and provide homes to animals worth $31,250. This adds up to $193,250.00 and doesn’t take into consideration the beauty it brings or any fruit it might
bear. Pretty good for just planting a single tree isn’t it?
We all owe our earth so very much and with the hustle and bustle of daily life, we tend to forget that our entire existence relies on her existence, take the time, find something of value that will allow you to give back, take a deep breath and remember, that breath could not have been taken were it not for the
gifts given us by the Earth Mother.
May the Divine smile on you always and give each of you an abundance of