Earth Day is April 22. Life is precious and impossible without the earth.
Animals, including this sea otter, depend upon the earth for life.
Even humans depend upon the earth. But only humans can care for the earth and all of its inhabitants, a task at which we have often failed, as communicated poignantly by these ruins of a church destroyed during fighting at Verdun in World War I. When humans so often treat one another poorly, it's not surprising that we treat other species and the earth even worse.
In this Easter season of resurrection, when we commemorate Earth Day, i encourage you to adopt a daily spiritual discipline that will help to revitalize this earth, our fragile island home, by reducing our consumption of limited resources, reusing those resources whenever possible, and recycling as much as possible.