The times are turbulent. I have not been able to focus very well. But before it ends, I must recognize that today was World Environment Day. In Jamaica, the focus was on biodiversity; but globally, the broader theme was Time For Nature. In his remarks for the day, CEO of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Inger Anderson observed:
Something is terribly wrong with human stewardship of the Earth. This virus is not bad luck, or a one-off event that nobody could see coming. It is an entirely predictable result of humanity’s destruction of nature – which will cause far greater suffering if left unchecked.
I have so much more to say, but (like Nature) I am running out of time. So, I will just share some of my favorite nature photographs with you (these are all my own photographs) and end with quotes from a couple of faith leaders, that I particularly like.
It’s Time for Nature.
“We cannot remain silent before the outcry when we realize the very high costs of the destruction and exploitation of the ecosystem. This is not a time to continue looking the other way, indifferent to the signs that our planet is being plundered and violated by greed for profit, very often in the name of progress.” – Pope Francis, World Environment Day 2020.
“Our mother earth is teaching us a lesson in universal responsibility. This blue planet is a delightful habitat. Its life is our life; its future, our future. Indeed, the earth acts like a mother to us all; as her children, we are dependent on her. In the face of the global problems we are going through it is important that we must all work together.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Earth Day 2020.