Today, we celebrate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
Another month is here with some cool things to see in the night sky, including a penumbral lunar eclipse! Click here for more information. For those of you here in the U.S., of course, it's a holiday when many people will be celebrating with family and with fireworks tonight. and today also marks the aphelion when the Earth's orbit is most distant from the sun. Remember, Nature gifts us with its own fireworks year-round, so don't forget to look up!
Click on the picture above to go the World Oceans Day website for lots more info, resources, action you can take, etc. To learn more about one person's opinion on how the oceans can and will help climate change and the sea's "power to heal," click on this article, To Save the Climate, Look to the Oceans by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. As she points out, it's more than the emotional healing that we know Nature brings, but also providing "climate solutions."
Do you love fireflies (or lightning bugs as some of us call them)? Maybe they remind you of your childhood summers. Do you like traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Relax and enjoy the combination of beautiful scenery and flickering lights virtually via video by clicking on the picture below.
Today is World Environment Day...Time for Nature. Celebrated on June 5th since 1974, World Environment Day has a theme this year of biodiversity. For lots more good information, click on this UN site, take the quiz, learn more about Nature and pandemics, and check out some other links related to biodiversity. Enjoy your weekend and hope you get to spend a little time in the beautiful outdoors!
This article entitled Mystical Experience of Jane Goodall, Ph.D, was shared in our Facebook group recently. If you consider pantheism your spiritual path, you might be interested in reading this. But even if you are a pantheist who prefers to avoid any references to words like "spiritual" or "religious" or "mystical," you may have had your own experience of intense feelings of awe and connection out in the wilds of Nature, and as Goodall seems to describe it, an increased heightening of the senses, a deep feeling of connection and merging with Nature, with the All, an experience to be remembered. We pantheists may look at things differently sometimes or describe them in varying terms, but Nature is one thing that unites us.
(Photo from the IMERE website, accompanying the above-mentioned article)
June is here, the month of summer solstice, occurring this year on Saturday, June 20th (more about that later), but there are lots of other cool things going on this month, too, with the stars, moon, planets, and an asteroid. Learn what the Summer Triangle is! Click here on the space.com website to find out more about the night sky events happening during the month of June. As always, remember to look up!
(Photo courtesy of space.com)
Today is Rachel Carson Day. A marine biologist and nature writer, she was born May 27, 1907. Most famous for her book "Silent Spring," in which she warned of the hazards of chemical pesticides such as DDT, she helped launch the modern-day environmental movement.
"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."
Today, May 20th, is World Bee Day, as proclaimed by the United Nations in 2017. From Pantheist Vision (Spring 2020), we read:
"Bees are one of our major pollinators, sustaining food crops and biodiversity. One third of the food we eat is pollinated by bees, and many species of bees are declining worldwide. Planting even small spaces, like balconies, with wildflowers can help save bees or help plant public spaces such as along roadways or in your local park."
Read more about World Bee Day from the United Nations here. They point out that "three out of four crops across the globe producing fruits, or seeds for use as human food depend, at least in part, on bees and other pollinators."
Learn more about what you can do to help protect bees and other pollinators such as butterflies, hummingbirds, and bats, thus contributing to problem solving with regard to the world's food supply and slowing down or stopping the decline of biodiversity. As this year's theme says, "Bee engaged!"
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