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3 Earth Day Thoughts

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, April 22, 2018/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, birds, marine life, sustainability, art and design, climate change

It is Earth Day 2018. Three environmental champions offer their thoughts for action:

First, Tenzin Gyatso, HH the Dalai Lama cautiones that:

Our overly materialistic lifestyles are wasteful and come at great environmental cost. If we don’t change our ‘advanced’ patterns of consumption, humanity's thirst for natural resources will be unsustainable. Over-exploitation of the natural environment is generating crises at local and global levels. Nations pursuing rapid economic growth must take the lead in finding new, more sustainable paths of development.

The theme for Earth Day 2018 is ending plastic pollution. The Dalai Lama's comment speaks directly to this existential goal.

Second, Google has created an animated doodle of Jane Goodall as she offers reflections on the experiences she gained from working with animals, doing environmental research, and the role of the individual. Science and wisdom are gained through practical experience: 
 

while the third Earth Day thought comes from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and involves YOU.

For Earth Day 2018, NASA is highlighting innovative technologies, many developed by JPL. The famous science and engeering lab in California is encouraging the public to use some of their online tools to better understand and protect the Earth. From space lasers to virtual reality, small satellites, and smartphone applications you can get involved and present your findings. JPL will post your personal stories and videos on a social media page under the hashtag #NASA4Earth and also a dedicated web page: Earth Day 2018

Listen to the perspectives and get going to implement the ideals expressed.

WHB

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