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Today, April 22 is Earth Day.

It’s also the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day which started in 1970.

A million people gathered in Central Park on the first Earth Day. It was the largest gathering ever for the park at that time. It woke a lot of people up to what was happening to our ecosystem.

In 1970 Earth Day was about stopping pollution and exposing polluters. After a few years, Earth Day began to be recognized in other countries. Now Earth Day is recognized internationally.

I can remember a public service announcement that played over and over on television at the time. It was of a Native American dressed in buckskins sporting a feathered head-dress looking at garbage along the side of river. I remember seeing a used tire and all sorts of papers and bottles and cans embedded in the sandy shore in this commercial. After surveying the polluted riverbank the Indian turned to look at the camera and there was huge tear rolling down his cheek. It broke my heart and I never forgot it. Click here to watch.

Today, Earth Day is more critical than ever. The pollution we became aware of back then has impacted our climate to such a degree that it’s changed weather patterns around the globe. Water levels are rising as glaciers melt. Droughts are hitting areas that normally receive rain and parts of the world where the climate had always been mild are now pummeled by ferocious storms of rain and snow. And, this is by no means a complete list of the damage that climate change has and is doing.

We have to get a handle on this. NOW.

Scientists say that if we can’t slow down the rate of climate change by 2012 it may be irreversible.

And then what? Where are we to go? Earth is my home. Earth is your home.

A few days ago I wrote a post about the Mystical Experience and then another about how we perceive our reality as being separate from one another which is an illusion. The theme of both posts was that when we awaken spiritually we rise above the illusion of seeing ourselves as separate and see that we are all one and connected. The truth is we can’t harm others without also harming ourselves, and we can’t continue to harm the Earth because we are all just harming each other in the long run, or maybe the short run.

It’s more than obvious now that we are all connected. What goes on in one region or country or continent ecologically affects everyone everywhere eventually.

Today please take 5 minutes of quiet time and focus on the Earth. Send love. Tsunamis of love and gratitude to our Mother Earth.

Let’s each do whatever we can in our corners of the Earth. Recycle, walk more, take mass transit, keep the air conditioner off, buy used consumer goods, repair and reuse things instead of buying new, etc.

Pray that we all wake up and take the time and make the effort to respect, love and honor our collective home – and turn climate change around before it’s too late.

Please pass this on to everyone you know. Tweet it, and/or Facebook it, etc.

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