The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970. I was talking about it with Amy Skewes-Cox, who was a student at San Domenico that year. She still remembers the first Earth Day we celebrated on campus. It was inspired by that first photo of the earth from space. When early astronauts looked down at the earth, they had a profound spiritual experience. They realized our planetary oneness. Here is what they said:
“There were more stars in the sky than I had expected. The sky was deep black, yet at the same time bright with sunlight. The Earth was small, light blue, and so touchingly alone.”
“I thought of the millions and millions of people who have lived, live, and will live on Earth. I thought about the purpose of our existence and how we should enjoy and share our short lives as fully as possible.”
“As I looked down, I saw a large river meandering slowly along for miles, passing from one country to another. I saw huge forests and deserts crossing borders. I saw an ocean that touched the shores of separate continents.
Two words came to mind: commonality and interdependence.”
“We are one world.”
Happy Earth Day!