Silver Lining For Mother Earth

The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations. John Paul II

Today is Earth Day 2020 and nature is celebrating. One silver lining in all the physical and economic pain and devastation happening worldwide due to COVID-19 is that nature is thriving. All over the world, minor miracles are taking place during this crisis.

Since fewer motorized vehicles are running and many factories are shut down, air quality is improving. In northeast China, for instance, air pollution levels dropped nearly twenty-five percent. According to NASA, nitrogen dioxide (a fossil fuel pollutant) is down thirty percent. With decreased boat traffic on the canals of Venice, Italy, water clarity has improved. We see photos of wildlife such as deer, birds, fish enjoying the freedom of less human traffic and reduced pollution. Mother Earth is rejoicing even as she sheds tears for those who suffer.

Affirmation: I am a faithful steward of the Earth.

Coaching question: As we return to “normal,” how can we also protect the Earth we love? 

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Photo by The New York Public Library on Unsplash

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