Earth Day is celebrating its 43rd year as over one billion people in over than 192 countries around the world help make our universal domain a little “greener” … (the color of) “olive oil” green, that is. Loving on Mother Earth is mandatory today, but also this day brings with it hopes that awareness from this celebration will spill over into our life-cycle footprint.
The first “Modern Day” Earth Day celebration was intended by Senator Nelson as a grassroots demonstration in support of the environment, which took place in 1970. And each year since, humans have paused for a moment to think about the environment on April 22.
“We must recognize that we’re all part of a web of life around the world. Anytime you extinguish a species, the consequences are serious.“If we continue to live as though we’re the only species that lives here, we’ll create a disaster for ourselves.”
Let’s all remember the words from Senator Nelson above, the man behind Modern Earth Day, and make every day Earth Day .
Our Earth, as known in Greek mythology is Gaia. The Greeks were considering Earth acknowledgment years before we started our Earth Day Affair.
The first Greek god was actually a goddess. She is Gaia, or Mother Earth, who created herself out of primordial chaos. From her fertile womb all life sprang, and unto Mother Earth all living things must return after their allotted span of life is over.
Gaia, as Mother Nature, personifies the entire ecosystem of Planet Earth. Mother Nature is always working to achieve and maintain harmony, wholeness and balance within the environment. Mother Nature heals, nurtures and supports all life on this planet, and ultimately all life and health depend on Her. In time, Nature heals all ills.
The way of Mother Gaia is the more submissive yet Yin way of healing. All we need to do to regain our health is to return to the bosom of Mother Nature and live in accordance with Her laws. Mother Nature is a healing goddess.
In the 1960s, James Lovelock formulated the Gaia hypothesis. It states that all life, and all living things on this planet, are part of a single, all-encompassing global entity or consciousness which he named Gaia. It is this global consciousness, Mother Gaia, that makes our planet capable of supporting life, while our near neighbors in the solar system are barren and lifeless.
Through the global consciousness of Mother Gaia, all living things on this planet, from their most primal instincts, are constantly interacting with their environment to ensure the harmony, balance and continuity of Life. Live in balance with Mother Nature and health and healing are yours but violate Her laws and get out of balance, and you may pay the price in way of pain and disease.
In Greek Mythology Gaia was the personification of the Earth, and the great mother of all. In our contemporary era, Earth Day has become, in sorts, the modern celebration of her… How can you unleash your inner Gaia and celebrate this unified Earth Day 2015!?
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Cassell’s Dictionary of Classical Mythology by Jenny March
Copyright 1998 by Cassell and Co. in the UK