Tuesday, June 8, 2010
World Ocean's Day
"I am the daughter of Earth and Water, And the nursling of the Sky; I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores; I change, but I cannot die, for after the rain, when with never a stain, The pavillion of Heaven is bare...And the winds and sunbeams with their convex gleams build upon the blue dome of air. I silently laugh at my own cenotaph...and out of the caverns of rain...like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb, I arise and unbuild again."--Shelly, Percy Bysshe "The Cloud"
Good morning, everyone. Everyone who has followed me knows how much I care for the ocean. She is my Mother. That is why although I had something in mind to write about today, after reading a friends blog, it doesn't seem so important anymore. After watching the little only news video shown on her blog, I am tearful and angry. It breaks my heart to see creatures suffer so. I'm sure you have all seen these horrible pictures on the news, but we have to keep reminding ourselves of the horrors mankind has wrought upon our beautiful Mother Ocean and the creatures who depend upon her for life. You can see the video here... Ramblings of a Domestic Goddess
Today, June 8th, is World Oceans Day. Humankind was born of the ocean. It provides food for us in the form of fish and shellfish. It is one of the Earth's most valuable resources, but today, our oceans are at risk. The Gulf Oil disaster has been devastating and has opened up our eyes to the horrific damage that mankind can cause...but it is not, in any way, the only destruction. The others have been far more subtle. We hear about them, but we do not see them.
For example. pollution levels in the coastal habitats have reached alarming levels and many species are being exploited to the brink of collapse. Estuaries, the nurseries of the ocean, are being destroyed on a daily basis. The wetlands are being filled for urban development. Coral reefs that provided the habitat for one quarter of all marine life are in serious decline the world over.
We all want to help save our oceans, but how? Well, they say strength comes in numbers, and Hannah at Divining Women has a great idea. Let So, let us all join in on June 12th, the day of the new moon, to find our way to the water, to join in as women and men, working to heal the great Mother of us all. I'm blessed to live near her, but for those who do not, any water will do...simply place your hand in the water and pass on your strength. We can do this.
"The fountains mingle with the river, and the rivers with the ocean; The winds of heaven mix forever with a sweet emotion. Nothing in the world is sing. All thing, by a law...divine. In one spirit meet and mingle. Why not I with thine?"--Shelly "Love and Philosophy"