By John McConnell
"The Man Who Started Earth Day"
Failure to see the common ground we share as a human family is a major cause of global problems. "United we stand. Divided we fall." -- is especially pertinent at this juncture of history. How can we best achieve a sense of community and cooperation?
Earth Day can accomplish this and provide a new beginning for civilization. While there are deep differences about politics and partisan views of religion, most everyone now agrees on the idea of Earth Day: that we should think about the future, show appreciation of our planet and celebrate its amazing web of life.
To realize its possibilities we need to agree on a single date for the observance of Earth Day. The original date, March 21, 1970 the first day of Spring, was nature's day. Its moment of equipoise-- when night and day are equal on both hemispheres and Spring begins at the United Nations -- provides an occasion where people worldwide can simultaneously join in dedication of heart and mind to be responsible trustees and caretakers of Earth.
This yearly observance at the United Nations has played an important role by bringing together people of every creed and culture, each with their thoughts, prayers and decisions for peace, justice and the care of Earth.
The Earth Day celebration at the United Nations has fostered environmental action and helped end the Cold War. Earth Day promotes Earth Trustee attitudes as the way to peaceful progress on our planet.
We appeal to all who love the idea of Earth Day to work for a singular celebration of Earth Day on nature's day, March 20-21. Plan now what you will do.
Then on Earth Day "United we stand" will take on new meaning with hew hope for our common future.
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