So what's "Earth Day" and why is it on a Catholic blog? The history of Earth Day for the United States began in 1970 with the first Earth Day on April 22 of that year. It was proposed the year before by U.S. Senator Gaylor Nelson as a grassroots movement to right the wrongs humans had done to our environment. Those of us who recall the 1970's may remember the sudden commercials on television showing the pollution and litter coating our nation and raw sewage pouring into our oceans and smoke stacks filling our air with toxic fumes. This exposed the need for something to be done and opened many American eyes to what was happening in our own backyards. One of the most famous commercials during that time is probably the "Crying Indian", showing a Native American gentleman looking at all trash and pollution dumped over the land and a tear falling down his cheek at the sight. Powerful commercial. I recall being a kid in the 1970's and joining a Connecticut recycling drive. My cousin dressed up as a huge seagull for the event that took place in Wallingford Connecticut. My grandfather and I created a recycled water fountain for drinking made from broken glass and cement. This fountain was in Wallingford for decades and was recently replaced, but I will never forget working on it with my grandfather and learning that "trash" (in this case broken soda and beer/wine bottles) could be reused to create new and beautiful things. This lesson has stayed with me my whole life and I hope I am passing it on to my children who love the earth that God gave us and worked for six days to create just for us. People have abused the land terribly yet it still sustains us. We all need to learn to take better care of all the things our Lord has given us- that includes this earth and the air we breathe and the water we drink. So this Earth Day, I'd like to ask all my readers to please pray for our earth and think of a way you can help make it a better place for our children for many generations to come. If everyone does something, no matter how small, the world we live in will be a better place.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
6 And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water."
7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
9 And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
29 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food." And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. (Genesis 1)