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Earth Day 2012

It was a senator from my home state, Wisconsin, who is the originator of “Earth Day” at a teach in first held on April 22, 1970. It later became a U.N. Proclamation by General Secretary U. Thant and eventually 141 nations were added.

Today, on the 42 anniversary of Earth Day, as a member the The Peace Alliance, I received an important announcement:

This Monday, April 23rd, the peacebuilding community will mark a historic milestone.

President Obama will speak at the US Holocaust Museum on Monday to unveil the Atrocity Prevention Board, a high-level board within the National Security Council, which will greatly enhance our country’s capacity to make peacebuilding a priority.

Listen to the President’s speech via webcast at 9:45-10:30am ET Monday, live from the Holocaust Museum:

After the speech our team will visit the White House to celebrate this milestone. Join us virtually at 1:00pm ET at as Senior Administration officials speak on a White House panel describing the role of the Atrocity Prevention Board.

Years of underinvestment in civilian tools, like diplomacy and development, have hindered the US government’s ability to help prevent atrocities around the globe. Establishment of the interagency Atrocities Prevention Board (APB) is an important milestone in developing a comprehensive policy framework to prevent future atrocities.

We are proud to be a part of the Prevention and Protection Working Group, a coalition of peacebuilding organizations that have advocated for this reform. Over the last seven years The Peace Alliance has called on the Administration to focus on making peacebuilding a priority at the highest-echelons of power. Monday’s announcement is a major development towards making that vision a reality.

Please tune in for the President’s speech on Monday and the following panel discussion to celebrate this historic development.


There are those around this planet who work tirelessly for earth and for peace. Today I honor them and their work on behalf of our planet. I also salute thousands of Michael Jackson fans who “make a change” as Michael’s legacy on this planet. The two who come to mind immediately are “A Million Trees for Michael” and “Cadeflaw” who just recently began a campaign to adopt schools in Gary, Indiana to assist poor students to receive a good education.

I am convinced that collectively Michael Jackson fans have the power to change the world. It’s “people power” and Michael knew it well. As a child, Michael watched a television show called “Kid Power” and he knew from an early age, the power of community and communitiy initiatives. If Michael Jackson fans could lay down their differences and cease the infighting (once again raging in the fan community) they could change the world.

As we see by the presidents announcement scheduled for tomorrow. the way to begin is with diplomacy. Diplomacy is the scaffold that must be in place for builidng the framework of any initiative. Diplomacy is key. Are you a diplomat? Do you know how to be a diplomat? Would you like to?

As a citizen diplomat in the decades of the eighties and nineties, I had a vision. Kay Kennedy features that vision in her book :Looking Back” where she chronicled the experiences of those who experienced of changed history because of their singular involvement in an event that shaped the future. For me, peace has  been a mission since childhood when I vowed “When I Am a Grownup, I Will Do Something” which is included in Kay’s book along with two poems: “The Wall.” which is about the Vietnam memorial and “Missile Silo in North Dakota” which took 3 years to write.

You may read “When I Am A Grownup I Will Do Something” here”

Artwork is soulspeak and in order to speak to the soul I created pieces that showcased the earth and created emotional attachment and soul urgings:

Here is a poem that was written in the air at 30,000 feet on Earth Day 2009:

For the Earth and My Reason:

From the air
she reminds me
of an old
wrinkled skin,
hills and valleys
scars and dimples–
older than time.

Four billion.
Four billion years
has been becoming!
Has she too, pondered
her reason for being?
Was her
engraved and sealed
with invisible DNA
evolved from
and blueprints in bones?

The water ran right there,
that valley.
Hills puckered here
with gathers over there,
a plateau
ends here,
the river meanders–
all features of character
on the face
of forever
in the spiral of time.

They say time waits for no
Does the Earth wait?
Did she?
For what? Whom?
Has she
is she or has she
a self? Or random in
her accident of
waiting for effect?

All these millennia–
a pregnant
never knowing,
never ending,
never not becoming;
while I
then disappear.

Today she is familiar,
telling stories,
speaks with my tongue.
I ask her to
because she will be–
long beyond me.

A loudspeaker voice
“fasten your seatbelts;
we begin our descent.”
We do descend to
in this metaphor for life
a soul becomes biology
for a perfect 3
point landing
to arrive in matter.
Perhaps to matter?
To call her

The Captain says we are
“preparing to land–”
while the
metaphor continues
and God knows itself
drawing the first breath,
a burst and a bang
the labor begins.
A messy affair
this humanity

I know that once again
I too prepare to land
outside this perspective,
outside its intimacy,
inside its wisdom.
sigh escapes
from somwhere deep,
a tear appears,
as the voice far and faint whispers:
“Awaken; remember!
You are my
and now my voice.”


Here’s Your Invitation:

How will you let the Earth speak to you today?

Please allow Earth to speak to you today…


What is she whispering and what will you do to honor her?

(Please send me a comment telling me what you did to honor Earth Day)

Here are a couple of quotes to get you inspired:

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.”
―    Arundhati Roy

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
―    Arundhati Roy

Happy Earth Day Everybody!

You can change the world. Did you get your invitation?


  1. Rev B said . . .

    Someone just sent an email to tell me she adopted a Wolf in honor of Michael and Inner Michael! Amazing. I subscribe to Defenders of Wildlife and this person adopted a wolf at: Thank you for the green Gift, L. You rock! ~Rev. B.

    Posted April 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink
  2. gertrude said . . .

    I was caring for my darling Mother & Pops far from computer access and am only getting to this post now. beautiful poem Rev B, love the Arundhati, but also think we should never forget our own significance, since knowing we are can power us to make the changes needed to our beleagured planet. I try to do something for the earth every day, recycle everything possible, and reduce use of packaging in the first place, for example. And get out into the air and walk among trees and FEEL Her – feel the joy of being in and of her to better remember to protect and fight for Her.

    Posted May 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink
  3. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    We are Native American on my grandfather’s side. The Earth is in our blood, I think. That is why I was so delighted to find a way to Include Chief Seattle’s message in our “Words and Violence” Curriculum If we could all only live it…… ~B

    Posted May 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

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