Happy International Mother Earth Day!


Vatican Radio:
International Mother Earth Day ‎

As representatives of more than 170 countries gathered at the United Nations in New York on April 22 to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the world body marked International Mother Earth Day on the theme “Trees for the Earth”, launching a project to plant 7.8 billion trees over the next five years for a healthy planet for future generations.

In a message for the annual observance, UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon noted that the Paris Climate Change Agreement, in conjunction with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, holds the power to transform our world, bringing hope of a better future for all. “The momentum achieved by so many signatures on one day sends a clear signal of solidarity and resolve,” Ban said, urging the world to “unleash the full force of human ingenuity and ensure low-emission growth and improved climate resilience.” He noted that small actions, such as making energy-efficient choices, stopping food wastage, reducing our carbon footprints and increasing our sustainable investments, multiplied by billions, will bring about dramatic change, bolstering the Paris Agreement and setting us on a trajectory to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Commenting on planting 7.8 billion trees over the next 5 years, the UN chief said each tree will help absorb harmful CO2 from the atmosphere, store water and filter pollutants for the benefit of all humanity. As each tree plays its part in the biosphere, so should we as individuals who care about our planet and every living creature on it. A new future can be ours if we respect and invest in Mother Earth, Ban added. (Source: UN)


Hymn for today: youtu.be/mWQC1n6FVns?t=27m30s


They made it sound like a pagan holiday.


It does read that way.


Checks shoes - nope, no carbon.


Did you read where the Pope attended an Earth Day celebration in a park in Rome? I’m glad he gets out, and glad he found the event to be worth attending. You can tell it’s important to him.



Caring for creation is mandated by God. However, we are to worship God alone, and I fear a great many people care more about creation, than they do about God.


Lol. Paraphrasing Chesterton, people who honor earth as their mother soon find out she’s the step-mother from fairy-tale lore.


I wonder if he had St. Francis in mind?

All praise be yours, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth, who sustains us and governs us, and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.


“But I belong to this religion, or to that one …” it doesn’t matter! Let’s all go forward to work together, respecting each other, respecting! I see this miracle: the miracle of a desert that becomes a forest. Thanks for everything you do!"

Pope Francis, Mother Earth Day 2016



I feel fairly confident that St. Francis honored Mary as his mother more so than the planet. Chesterton actually wrote a book about St. Francis, which I haven’t read.


That’s why I brought it up. Although I haven’t read his book on St. Francis yet either. I find Chesterton to be a bit of a curmudgeon at times.

Those are the words of St. Francis directly from his pen, he used the term “Mother Earth”. We know he wasn’t a pantheist but he still used it to describe nature. He anthropomorphized all of nature though. He was a nature mystic so his relationship with nature was a spiritual relationship.

Mary is the protectress and advocate of the Franciscan orders so you are right that Mary is honored more than the planet but not one to the exclusion of the other.


Lol. Sometimes curmudgeonly, but so refreshingly funny most of the time. His statement doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t steward the Earth, or respect it. It’s more a support for the adage that God is always merciful, man sometimes, and nature never. I’m leery when people use St. Francis to support new-agey talking points. I get the whole spiritual relationship with nature and creation thing. I’m an artist at heart. So was Chesterton.


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