Photo by @BrianSkerry
Happy Earth Day! - A baby manatee clings to its mother’s back while she forages on seagrass, creating billowing clouds of mud around them.
On this day, we celebrate our stunningly beautiful planet - a water plant that glows like a jewel when viewed from the darkness of space. The more we learn about Earth, the more it becomes clear that it is a living tapestry in which everything is connected. Geology and biology blend together in a perfect machine where life flourishes everywhere.
But our home planet is suffering and is being degraded. It is an assault on every front. We live on a water planet, a place where 98% of our biosphere (where life can exist) is ocean, yet we are destroying Earth’s oceans daily. We have taken most of the fish, destroyed ecosystems, dump billions of pounds of plastic into her each year and turn her waters acidic from excessive carbon in the air.
I believe that every day should be Earth Day and that we must cherish the fragile web of life that exists here and protect it vigorously. We can no longer see ourselves apart from nature or above it, but rather directly tied to and dependent on it.