Today is Earth Day.
Every year since 1970 this has been annual event designed for us all to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It's grown over the decades and lots of important environmental events have happened on Earth Day.
This year on Earth Day, today, there will be a Global Climate Summit, convened by the US President Joe Biden and held virtually I'm guessing because of coronavirus. Among other things it is designed to be a 'critical stepping stone for the U.S. to re-join the world in combating the climate crisis', having agreed to re-sign the Paris Agreement. It's just one of the events being planned today and just one example of how Earth Day continues to be a momentous and unifying day every year. These days it's reckoned that 1 billion people in more than 193 countries will mark Earth Day in some way.
And so to MY contribution.
A couple of years ago, I recorded a series for BBC Radio Jersey with the Jersey artist and iconographer Karen Blampied.
She has created something called The Earthday Icon ... inspired by the ancient nature embedded in the Eastern Orthodox Church Calendar, which each September celebrates Creation and which has a three year cycle, ending every year with the feast of St Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of the Animals. During this liturgical time of Creation, each Sunday is dedicated to a specific aspect of creation and the Earthday icons depicts forests, land, wilderness, rivers, skies, mountains, the universe, animals, storms, oceans and more, all with spiritual significance.
Karen's inspiration is to 'highlight the need of all people to be stewards of the Earth' and this really inspires ME.
I loved working with Karen on this series and the audio we produced is still on the BBC Radio Jersey website.
So today, to mark Earth Day, I'm including the links to the programme features.
You will have to click on each link to listen ... hope you don't mind doing that. But it's really interesting!
Enjoy! And be inspired and blessed!
*Earthday icon image copyright - Karen Blampied