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Happy Earth Day

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.  Kahlil Gibran

Ireland, 2010.

Sometimes I wake up groggy on Mondays… but not today! Coincidentally, it is Earth Day. A friend shared a great article by Bill McKibben about our earth, our environment, global climate change, and what we can do, which you can read here. McKibben founded the grassroots climate campaign 350.org (350 refers to 350 parts per million, the amount of carbon dioxide that scientists say is safe for the atmosphere to hold — we are nearing 400 parts per million).

McKibben points out that the environmental concerns of the last century are different from the ones we face now. Air and water are cleaner, and more people probably recycle now (I’m certainly a product of reduce, reuse, and recycle). Unfortunately, invisible pollution has gone up, and the next challenge is how to address what is less easy to see. McKibben directs us to look inside ourselves to find the drive to make this world a place where we can continue to live and make beautiful things happen.

That’s where our passion, spirit, creativity, and love come in. We’re being forced, at high speed, to redesign our world; to imagine, and then build, a better future. It’s a test of whether humanity’s big brains were really a good adaptation. But, even more than that, it’s a test of whether we, collectively, have a big enough heart. – Bill McKibben

I’m not a scientist, but I have passion, spirit, creativity, and love. We can make a difference and be part of this epic adventure. Use whatever skills you can to reach whatever audience you can. There’s enough art song about nature to program a recital about the beauty and mystery of the world! Start with Debussy’s Green and end with Wolf’s Kennst du das Land? Just an idea.. and not a bad one!