Earth Day can get pretty gimmicky…everyone from the FOX Network to Ford is jumping full throttle on the “let’s be green!” bandwagon. Not to discount the corporate efforts, because heaven knows if it amounts to good then we’re all for it. But when you clear away all the fancy graphics and marketing messages, what we’re left with is a responsibility that lies with us all. You and me. And we couldn’t find a more poignant way to express that than this video featuring renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan who through his work revolutionized the way we view Earth and space. And so, on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day we’re moved to share this with you dear yogadorks, a humbling and fantastic look at the ‘pale blue dot’, which has simultaneously freaked us right out and gave us a sense of true love for what makes us all human. (seriously, we’ve been obsessing over this for a week!)
“There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” Carl Sagan
Be inspired: Maybe go out and plant a tree, pick up a piece of trash, whatever little bit you can. Take your shoes off and feel the earth between your toes. Go forth yogadorks and celebrate Earth! Tree pose, anyone? We’ll be doing ours upside down.
Further reading: Check out the great Earth Day retrospective in video form over at elephantjournal
One more thing… here’s an anti-pollution public service announcement that never gets old…“People start pollution; people can stop it.”