Wealth of a Nation – Words Crush Wednesday Quote on Earth Day

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The wealth of a nation is in its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity–that’s all there is.  That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.

–Gaylord Nelson

Earth Day is a memorable day for me. The first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970, which happened to be exactly one month before I graduated from high school. In the self-centered way of my adolescence, I probably would not have been particularly aware of the first Earth Day if it had not been founded by Wisconsin U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson.

Growing up on a Wisconsin farm, our whole family was tied to the earth. Conservation practices such as strip farming, contour farming and crop rotation had long been practices of those who worked the soil. In a sense we were isolated from what was happening on the larger stage: Vietnam war protests, the hippie free-love (and free-drugs) movement and other things that marked the 60’s and 70’s. We were well aware and deeply touched by the American tragedies of a few years earlier in the deaths of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

With this backdrop, Earth Day was born. The first observance harnessed the energies of the protests of the time towards environmental concerns. That first day is sometimes thought of as the start of the modern environmental movement. The day is now celebrated around the world. However, we should not honor the environment only one day a year. It should be a lifestyle decision.

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9 thoughts on “Wealth of a Nation – Words Crush Wednesday Quote on Earth Day

    • Good Woman April 25, 2015 / 10:31 am

      Thanks for looking and taking the time to comment.

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      • susieshy45 April 26, 2015 / 12:34 am

        Because, Helen, I think of you as a friend and what are friends for but to talk to one another. I enjoy writing on people’s blog posts than writing my own as you would have noticed.

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        • Good Woman April 26, 2015 / 10:11 pm

          That is so very sweet. It is hard for me to find the proper balance between commenting on other’s blogs and writing my own posts. There does not seem to be enough time to do both adequately.

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  1. Ginny April 24, 2015 / 6:51 am

    I agree, we should celebrate and take care of the earth everyday.

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    • Good Woman April 25, 2015 / 10:33 am

      I could improve in the “taking care” part, not that I deliberately do anything harmful, but some of my habits could be better.

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