Week 17.1 - Earth Day (April 22)

The Earth is the one things we all share in common.

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” - Jimmy Carter

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” -George Bernard Shaw

April 22 (Earth Day - Protecting our species)

Wednesday marks the 50th annual Earth Day – a global event to celebrate Mother Nature and put environmental issues in the spotlight.

“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.

“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” - Gaylord Nelson

“The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.” - Barry Commoner

“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.

“He that plants trees loves others besides himself.” - Thomas Fuller

“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.”

“I am the bended, but not broken. I am the power of the thunderstorm. I am the beauty in the beast. I am the strength in weakness. I am the confidence in the midst of doubt. I am Her!” -Kierra C.T. Banks

“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.” - Susan Gale

“What if I told you that 10 years from now, your life would be exactly the same? I doubt you'd be happy. So, why are you so afraid of change?” -Karen Salmansohn

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” -Confucius

“Anyone can give up; it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, that’s true strength.” – Chris Bradford

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. Strength comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn’t.”