Recognizing the Earth

Celebrating the Earth, Everywhere

As Americans, I so often wonder how our scope impacts our view of the world. Today, I spent time researching Earth Day events in Washington D.C. and New York City, developing pride in my country for its diligence in honoring this important day. A quick trip to the Earth Day Network, however, expanded my understanding. As I uncover the enormity of this event–one that reaches 192 countries and over one million people–I recognize that Earth Day does not simply represent an American holiday. In fact, it represents the very opposite.

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The view from Volcano Pacaya, just outside of Antigua, Guatemala. Views like this one provide reason to celebrate

Today, the far reaches of this planet celebrate the earth. Why? Because the earth unites all of us; we cannot travel without experiencing its providence. Take a stroll along the Belizean coast, through the Boston Public Gardens, by a small park in Central Pennsylvania, and you serve as a witness to its uncompromising beauty.

What are you doing to honor the earth today?

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Belizean Reflections, Recognizing the Earth

Finding Simplicity in the Sky

As I traveled through Belize, experiencing the hopeful greens, bold blues and brave pinks of the Caribbean canvas, I couldn’t help but quietly observe the world around me. This painting presents something entirely new–a palette of colors that only seems fit for the imagination.

In Belize, the sky plays an integral role in country’s natural beauty. Dreary days do little to amplify the freely-growing hibiscus trees, and densely packed clouds do little to bring out the lucid blue water that covers the coast. When you do wake up to a cloudless morning, the country comes alive. The locals smile and greet you, the pace of life slows down, and the elegance of Belize can be seen in every direction.

Now settled into life in the United States, I’ve rediscovered this concept. Blue skies bring out the best in my classmates, as they roam freely across campus to soak in the refreshing color. Red barns and green grasses show brilliantly against the blue tarp that surrounds us, providing insight into how this world looked before we arrived. It’s a simple realization, though it plays a crucial role in my daily routine. The sky serves as a backbone; without its deep blue hue, the earth stands sluggishly before us.

“The sky is that beautiful old parchment in which the sun and the moon keep their diary.” (Alfred Kreymborg)

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