Earth Week 2022: Reads, Links & Poetry

Honoring our planet and its inhabitants, Earth Week denotes and reminds us to keep the source of our sustenance at the forefront of our thoughts and actions.

Photo by Margot RICHARD on Unsplash

Communities across the globe host special events during Earth Week, which we should attend as both participatory citizens and concerned, conscientious dwellers. In attendance, visitors can find interesting activities and information about their local habitats, learn about local sustainability initiatives, and enjoy the great outdoors with thoughtful focus on the health and safety of their outside environments.

Although the topic of environmentalism seems to have primarily become debatable political fodder for the consumption of constituents at polling time, the heart of the matter is cautionary and gets its fuel from known, disastrous consequences already experienced.

It’s been 50 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States — April 22, 1970. This occasion is now observed annually by 1 billion people in more than 190 countries.

Sarah Elizabeth Adler, AARP (2020)

Historically, some of the prompts for environmental action in the U.S. came in the form of images which recorded a wasteland. Vintage photos taken by the EPA reveal what the United States landscape looked like before pollution was regulated.

Since then, much improvement has been realized. Imagine what life on Earth would be like today, had environmentalism not become zeitgeist of the times.

Why Earth Day?

Awareness activities are crucial today because our consequently much cleaner space (with yet much room for improvement) is misleading. New generations may be less familiar with instigating roots of the movement, and therefore less cognizant of ongoing, needed actions.

Moving Forward in Health, Hopefully

Today, the spirit of the movement is under a renewed duress, by regulatory-resistant parties less prone than most to the experiences of contamination and destruction. New fervor for rights of business free of government interference threatens to reverse historically successful preventives against wanton corruption of nature.

Poetic Ruminations

In awareness, support, and appreciation of the efforts of environmentalists, I wanted to share works influenced by evidences of the maltreatment of . . . or by love felt when impacted by the nature of Earth.

Poems for Mother Earth

The Daffodil, by Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

Sparrow Visits Reflection Pond, by Phil Gennuso

A Love Letter to Nature, by C.E. Cannery

Awareness About Our Environment, by Sylvia Stults

Photo by Maria Lupan on Unsplash

READING SUGGESTIONS & SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS

13 Literary Journals that Focus on Nature and the Environment, by Emily Harstone


FURTHER READING

Since 1970, Air Pollution Down 73%, Economy Tripled, by Leon Kaye

Mother Earth News “The original guide to living wisely” (website)

Mother Earth and Father Time (Charlotte’s Web clip, via YouTube)

People today are still dying early from high 1970s air pollution, by Fred Pearce

Take Action, EarthDay.org (website)


Featured image by Dorothea Lange

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