Earth Day Gifts / February 25, 2019 / Cindy Navarro
People in India have recognized motherhood and the power of motherhood in many religious forms including the form of traditional Hindu Goddesses. Especially in eastern and central parts of the country the worship of Durga or Kali or other forms of the Mother like Basanti or Jagaddhatri form principal social and religious occasions. Hindu festivals related to Mother worship are of a much greater magnitude than the worship of any male deity except the major deities like Shiva or Vishnu or major avatars of the Hindu pantheon like Rama or Krishna. It is interesting to note that among the Parvi community of Konkan and Mumbai regions of Western India there is an indigenous time-honored culture of celebrating Mother s Day in August.
In 1962 marine biologist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring. The book talked about the commonly used toxic pesticides used in agriculture and daily life. The title referred to the consequences of the devastating pesticides: a world without birds. Surprisingly Silent Spring became a hit. Americans cared and they wanted the facts. In 1968 the world saw the entire Earth for the first time. Apollo astronauts photographed the planet on their flight home from the moon. The Earth looked beautiful with its swirls of blues and whites. The photo provided a startling awareness: people saw Earth as vulnerable and needing human care.
In 1970 Earth Day was the hip idea of a New Age flower culture but by 1990 Earth Day went global uniting 141 countries in making environmental issues a central focus (concern). The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Earth Day broadens the base of support for environmental programs rekindles public commitment and builds community activism around the world celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds faiths and nationalities. Earth Day is a nurturing holiday that builds and expands organizations communities and networks.