Every movement needs its marker, a date to stand by and help people remember what’s most important to us. Forty-five years ago, in 1970, Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin — and the environmental movement had its day. Born out of frustration, this one day calls attention to the many challenges before us — pollution of our rivers, loss of wilderness, and extinction of species.
These issues persist. But, I also like to think of Earth Day and its aftermath as a way of calling us to our senses. Now that Earth Day has come and gone, we need to remind ourselves of the majestic frontiers before us and the amazing diversity beneath our feet. Earth Day should serve as a gateway to gratitude and graciousness. When we appreciate the natural and the constructed worlds before us, we challenge ourselves to find integrity in the whole and a harmony in the dissonance.
And we need carriers of this beauty and clarion call to nature’s resurrection. So, with the help of my colleagues, we crafted this collection of audio for you to help recollect and meditate on the lands and the waters that make us whole — and how we are part of this dynamic drama unfolding before us, and within us.