“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
—Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
As an organization dedicated to inspiring people to take responsibility and action for Earth, Valentine’s Day doubles as a day to show love not only for the most important people in our lives, but also for Earth. Just today, we are wrapping up a contest where the NWEI and EcoChallenge communities have been sharing photos capturing what you love about Earth and the ways in which you are taking action for Earth. You can still join in the fun today by heading over to our EcoChallenge Facebook page where you can share a photo in the comments using the hashtag #Love4Earth. Today we’re sharing some of the photos we’ve received so far in celebration of the places we love.
“I love the pristine beauty of Earth’s wide open spaces and do my part to keep it clean by picking up trash and #packingitout. We are blessed with a beautiful planet. Let’s keep it that way,” shared Laurie N. Kara E. also shared, “If you take the time (even on a frigid winter morning) to look at the commonly overlooked beauty of nature, you’ll see something beautiful. For me, nature fills my heart – especially watching the sun rise in the morning over the trees.”
As Gary Snyder says, “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” Today we celebrate Earth, our home. And we honor our experiences in nature, the time spent outdoors reconnecting with Earth, and all the places we love and work to protect. Our wish: that our love and care for the planet spurs more positive actions in the days and months ahead. Thank you to the NWEI community for sharing these amazing photos of the places you love.