April 22, 2009

Celebrating the Planetary Dimensions of Life

Today, as the world continues to slide towards an ecological 'tipping point', nearly a billion people will openly celebrate the 29th incarnation of Earth Day. First launched as an environmental awareness event in the United States in 1970, Earth Day (April 22) is often celebrated as the birth of the environmental movement.

The first Earth Day, spearheaded by Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson and Harvard University student Denis Hayes, involved 20 million participants in teach-ins that addressed then decades of environmental pollution. The event inspired the US Congress to pass clean air and water acts, and establish the Environmental Protection Agency to research and monitor environmental issues and enforce environmental laws.

Mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting the status of environmental issues onto the world stage, Earth Day in 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Since then, Earth Day has grown into a global tradition, with annual celebrations by more than a billion people in 180 nations around the world.

Below is a video (featured here before) with Cosmologist Brian Swimme talking about the fundamental challenge of becoming something new, something more, perhaps something integral...

At Integral Praxis we ask you to take time today to celebrate Earth Day by opening your thoughts and feelings to an endless embrace of perfection within this unfolding adventure that is Life. The Earth is more than our home, it is us - the entire kosmos is "i", is "we", it simply is. And our greatest gift will always be the opportunity that each day brings to 'come home' to our own deepest nature - Nature as such.

So celebrate being alive on this exquisite planet, on this day, and open yourself to the most serious responsibility to Love this planet, and to change ourselves, and to deepen and widen our awareness of the power and fragility of this world.

Learn More About Earth Day: Here

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