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Invocation

A Movement on the move

“Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it. At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson's New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person; Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health. Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.” 

Earth Day raises an awareness to save the Earth. Especially in times of global warming, we celebrate Earth Day to remind us to conserve natural resources for future use. Earth supports life and we should be happy about it.
Earth day is important because it is a day to help the earth and keep it safe and clean. It teaches us to "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!" If we don't take care of our Earth, then Earth wouldn't exist!
Earth day is the day you show how much you appreciate mother Earth by "Going Green". That includes: Recycling, Reusing, and Reducing the use of some things ... and more.

It is important because it's a day for us to reflect on what we can do to help keep our planet or environment healthy. But just like Barney says "Every day is Earth Day" so we need to find ways to keep our planet healthy everyday!

With St.Francis of Assisi, let us relate to and with Mother Earth in the words of his canticle...

Praised be you my Lord through our Sister,
Mother Earth
who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.

The attitude with which we use, exploit and destroy for selfish and scientific ends hardens our heart, deafens the ear and blinds the eye – to feel the anguish, pain and cry of mother Earth. As Franciscans, on this day let’s become aware; join hands with others doing something because earth is our planet. It was made rich and beautiful by the Creator for our sake. Let us love, honor, safeguard and be ever grateful to mother Earth. Little drops make the ocean. Won’t little thoughts/ acts/ steps cause a change too! You and I can make a difference...
          need to make a BIG difference.

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