LOVE OUR EARTH.

EarthTalkEarthDay2013 Today is Earth Day, and I couldn't NOT post about our beautiful Earth on a day like today.

This years 'theme' is 'The Face of Climate Change', which ultimately means we all have a part to play on this earth. I know no matter where you are in the world you have experienced wacky, unseasonal, devastating weather these past few years. We just had a massive snow storm a week ago, when seasonal highs are supposed to be around +13 celsius. We had -14 C with wind chills this morning! The hurricanes, tornados, earth quakes, floods, scorching temps... these seem to be a daily occurrence on the news.

We all know what is happening, and what will happen if we don't start to take action + truly realize that little. things. make a difference. Recycle, reuse and just be conscious. Simple. Things we must start making a daily habit. We owe it to ourselves, the animals, natural habitats, and every living creature, plant and being that exists.

Climate change has many faces. A man in the Maldives worried about relocating his family as sea levels rise, a farmer in Kansas struggling to make ends meet as prolonged drought ravages the crops, a fisherman on the Niger River whose nets often come up empty, a child in New Jersey who lost her home to a super-storm, a woman in Bangladesh who can’t get fresh water due to more frequent flooding and cyclones…

And they’re not only human faces.

They’re the polar bear in the melting arctic, the tiger in India’s threatened mangrove forests, the right whale in plankton-poor parts of the warming North Atlantic, the orangutan in Indonesian forests segmented by more frequent bushfires and droughts…

These faces of climate change are multiplying every day.

For many, climate change can often seem remote and hazy – a vague and complex problem far off in the distance that our grandchildren may have to solve. But that’s only because they’re still fortunate enough to be insulated from its mounting consequences. Climate change has very real effects on people, animals, and the ecosystems and natural resources on which we all depend. Left unchecked, they’ll spread like wildfire.

Luckily, other faces of climate change are also multiplying every day.

Every person who does his or her part to fix the problem is also a Face of Climate Change: the entrepreneurs who see opportunity in creating the new green economy, the activists who organize community action and awareness campaigns, the engineers who design the clean technology of the future, the public servants who fight for climate change laws and for mitigation efforts, the ordinary people who commit to living sustainably…

Wherever you are in the world, be kind to yourself, others, and our most precious gift life on this planet! Happy Earth Day love!

love, peace & light

XX L