April 22 (Earth Day - Protecting our species)

Monday marks the 49th annual Earth Day – a global event to celebrate Mother Nature and put environmental issues in the spotlight.

The theme for this year is 'Protect Our Species'. It aims to draw attention to the rapid extinction of species across the world, which is directly linked to human activity which causes climate change, deforestation and pollution.

Last March, the world's last male northern white rhino, in Sudan, died at 45 years of age. While we may feel powerless to protect animals like rinos and snow leopards, we can have a significant impact by modifying our carbon footprint.

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” Chief Crazy Horse

40 per cent of the world's 11,000 bird species are in decline and 75 per cent of the world's coral reefs are under stress. Coral Reefs are often called the “rainforests of the sea” because they are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth? Half of the coral reefs on the planet are dead and 90% are expected to be dead by 2050.

This sea turtle, which has a hawk-like pointed beak, can be found in tropical oceans around the world.

Humans pose a large threat to hawskbills, whose population has decreased by 80% over the last century. Despite their protected status under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, people still eat their eggs and kill them for their flesh and colorful shells. They're also susceptible to being ensnared in fishing nets.

It is encouraging its supporters to take individual actions to slow the extinction rate, including stop the use of plastic, reducing our dependence on fossil fuel, going vegetarian or stopping their use of pesticides and herbicides.

“Meatless Mondays” - Less Meat = Less Heat

Global livestock production creates more greenhouse gas than the entire transportation sector.

Eating a ¼ pound of beef is equivalent to driving 6.7 miles in terms of greenhouse gases

The typical American eating 8 ounces of meat per day generates 36 pounds of CO2e from those meat products.

American meat consumption has doubled since 1960? The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide, far more than transportation. Annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow, but cutting down on meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.

The water needs of livestock are much greater than those of vegetables and grains.

– Approximately 1,700 gallons of water are needed to produce a single pound of beef.

– Approximately 39 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of vegetables.

“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.” – Native American Dakota

“When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.”

Never assume that loud is strong and quiet is weak.

Understand you own self first, then you will be ready to understand everything else.

“To keep the lamp burning, we must continue to put oil into it.” – Mother Teresa

“Those who have one foot in the canoe, and one foot in the boat, are going to fall into the river.” – Tuscarora

“Real people are never perfect, and perfect people are never real.”

“You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.” – Navajo

What would you tell your 18-year-old self? To be easier on yourself? To stop worrying and have more fun? To trust that things will work out? From this perspective, what do you think an older version of yourself would tell you today? Probably the same.

“Don’t allow that which is in the way, become the way.”

"If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” - Chinese Proverb

You learn nothing from life if you think you're right all the time.

"When you know your worth, no one can make you feel worthless."

“People know your name, not your story. They’ve heard what you’ve done, but not what you’ve been through. So take their opinions of you with a grain of salt. In the end, it’s not what others think, it’s what you think about yourself that counts. Sometimes you have to do exactly what’s best for you and your life, not what’s best for everyone else.”

“We need to learn to work together in peace. The Native Americans had a quote that said, “no tree has branches so foolish, as to fight among themselves.” They all reach for the sun instead of wasting time in entanglements.

“The ones who notice the storms in your eyes, the silence in your voice and the heaviness in your heart are the ones you need to let in.”

"The best teachers show you where to look, but not tell you what to see." "The eyes are useless if the mind is blind"

“As long as you search for the Buddha in others, you will never find it within yourself.” - David Scott

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” - Maya Angelou

“Today I choose to take back my power on a mental, physical, and emotional level. All things I give my attention and life force to, will be purposeful and elevating. I choose to get better. I choose to evolve. I choose to let go. It’s a new day to recreate myself.” - Idil Ahmed

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.”