EarthyDay Special: A Message to Earth

This article belongs to a series called MarvelousMonday. Each Monday I send you a short email with inspiration & insights about travel destinations and nature to marvel at: beautiful photographs, stories, pop quizzes & mind-boggling facts about Earth and space. Sign up to the mailing list at the end of this article to be notified each week. 🌎
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Usually on MarvelousMonday I share with you a science-based fact about Earth or nature. But this MarvelousMonday is different.
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In two days, on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020, is EarthDay. An entire day dedicated to the awareness of our planet. This year's themse is climate action.
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And I think that's awesome! The climate change is one the biggest challenges humanity has to face. 
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To succeed, we have to come back to our roots. We have to know where we come from. We have to revive our connection to nature. To Earth. 
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I created a video message, acting as if Earth was a person. I'm really happy with the result, I hope you like it, too. Earth is the reason I do what I do.
Why I created this website and why I study Earth science.
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View the video to hear what I have to say or read the transcript below. If this video touches you, please share it with anyone you hold dear.
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Then tell me: What touched you the most?
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Thank you ♥
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Dear Earth,
you’re my home. You are the only home I’ll ever have. I’m infinitely grateful for you. Sometimes I close my eyes and imagine I escape gravity, I fly to space and see you from above. It’s a view only a few hundred lucky astronauts have had. They say it’s a humbling view. A view that puts things into perspective. I know what they mean. I feel it. I feel it strongly. In my head and heart, I’m there as well. I’m floating in space, gazing down on you, flying. A big smile on my face, my pride endless. Happy, and proud, to be your inhabitant. To be human. Marveling at the wonder in front of my eyes, at you. I look onto your blue body, sprinkled with rocks that form continents. You are glorious. You’re unbelievably heavy, yet you’re floating. Space is holding you. Space is holding us. As Carl Sagan so famously said about you: ‘Earth is are very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.’ It’s a fundamental fact not everybody has grasped yet. Humans haven’t learned to appreciate you the way you deserve. And it hurts me for you. We exploit you. Tear open your soil, dig oozing wounds, in search for resources that promise wealth. We cut your trees, kill your insects, your corals and other animals. Not unbeknownst to us, we’re hurting ourselves by hurting you. Worse even, we’re causing extinction. Not understanding that everything is connected. That each action will force effects, even if we can’t see them immediately. We’re oblivious. We live in symbiosis with you. We need you to live. But some humans think they’re better than you, than nature. That they’re superior and don’t need nature. That they don’t need you. That you only deliver what they want to possess. That they can have anything they want. We think we’re so important. Earth, I love your smell. Especially when you cleared the air with cooling rain and stroked your plants with gentle rain drops. Your soil smells so good, so earthy. You create the best scents. I love your taste. Your fruits and vegetables feed our hungry mouths. You care for us. I want to care for you. I want to live in harmony with you. I want to live with you, not against you. I love you infinitely. I love your colors. Your colors are magnificent. Red sunsets, blue sky, colorful rainbows, green grass and forests, bright flowers, brown soil. I love your inhabitants, too. Your plants, your animals, all your animals. Even the ones that look scary and that we humans have degraded and demonized because of their looks. But that’s what we do. We base judgment on outer appearance, not on the value a living creature provides. Which is their real beauty. Blinded by fear, disgust, self-glorification, greed, envy. When we should be guided by love, kindness, compassion and empathy. I know that every organism has its purpose. I know that every single human has a purpose, too. But I know that I’m not perfect either. I judge, too. I’m not always grateful. I’m not entirely altruistic. I don’t care about some things I should care about much more. But I know that I’m not perfect. I’m human. And I know that every person has its purpose. Each of us is uniquely talented. We all complete each other. We couldn’t be without one another. And you complete us. Earth, we couldn’t be without you. We couldn’t exist without you. And I want to say thank you. For putting up with us this far. Thank you for providing everything we will ever need. I want to tell you that I promise to be there for you, the way you’re there for me. I promise to try to lead a life as close to you as I possibly can. I promise to protect you. Earth, I never feel lonely. Because I have you. Your presence is breath-giving. You’re life-giving. I love you infinitely.

 

 

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