It’s once again Earth day, the one day of the year we stop to consider and honor the planet upon which we live. “The Earth is what we all have in common,” said Wendell Berry, who was, among other things, an environmental activist. The day we first received those amazing images from space, many of us realized that we all live on what my hero; the late, great Carl Sagan called the Pale Blue Dot. The more we learn about science and the universe, the more we realize how rare we are. The more we face reality, the better we realize that the Earth is our only home and we are exhausting its resources at a faster pace than the Earth can repair/replace them. On this Earth day, I hope our focus is on the actions we must take to save this planet for ourselves, our children, grandchildren and those to follow.

“The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” John Paul II

We’re facing tremendous challenges, primarily short-sighted, corrupt, greedy politicians working against us solely to line their own pockets. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stand up to them and win.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

We now know for certain that climate change is here and is proceeding more rapidly than earlier predicted. We must act now and we must act in a big way. So let’s make this more than an Earth Day. Let’s make it an Earth Year, even an Earth Decade. We can do this. We have to. The future depends on it. @blueravenartist