Today is also World Rhino Day! Watch this video to learn more about the endangered Sumatran rhino.
First day of Fall in the northern hemisphere, and first day of Spring in the southern. In the northern hemisphere, it is observed as Mabon, celebrating the harvest, the time when the work of the summer has resulted in an abundance of the fruits of the earth. Happy Autumn!
Today is the International Day of Peace, a United Nations sanctioned holiday dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence. Listen to Jane Goodall's message below about what peace means and what you can do.
From Pantheist Vision, we read:
This eminent British historian and major interpreter of Western Civilization in the 20th century was born in 1889. Toynbee's sweeping perspective on human history led him to affirm a Pantheist world view: "If I am right in my diagnosis of mankind's present-day distress, the remedy lies in reverting from the Weltanschauung of monotheism to the Weltanschauung of pantheism, which is older and was once universal."
From Pantheist Vision we read:
Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson observes that Margaret Burbridge, born on this day in 1919, gave us "the greatest gift of astrophysics to civilization in the 20th century," proving that we are largely made of stardust. In 1957, she was the lead author of a landmark scientific paper on the origin of chemical elements, showing that most elements are forged by thermonuclear reactions within stars, in a process now called stellar nucleosynthesis. This includes elements such as carbon that make up plants and animals, oxygen in the atmosphere, and gold and silver mined from the ground. She was considered one of the foremost astronomers in the world, and long regarded as a trailblazer for women in the field, well known for her work opposing discrimination against women in astronomy.
Today, we celebrate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
Happy Birthday to Henry David Thoreau!
This noted writer and naturalist was born July 12, 1817. In Walden, he enunciated a fundamental tenet for a Pantheist faith: "Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads."
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!
Today marks the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice.
Of course, for those living in the southern hemisphere, today is the first day of winter. We hope you're having a good day, wherever you live, as we welcome and celebrate this new season Nature shares with us.
Please enjoy this poem about the specialness of a summer day by Mary Oliver, shared from the Mary Oliver Facebook Page.
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."
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