Apr 22 2011

Earth Day. Earth Song. Planet Earth: What YOU can do. . .

This photo of the Austfonna Ice Cap melting was taken by marine photographer Micahel Nolan, the sad, sad face of mother nature is shown sobbing as the ice slowly melts away. This photo appeared on the internet the day Michael was interred at Forest Lawn, September 3, 2009

This photo of the Austfonna ice cap melting was taken by marine photographer Micahel Nolan. The sad face of mother nature is shown sobbing as the ice slowly melts away. This photo appeared on the internet the day Michael was interred at Forest Lawn, September 3, 2009. Austfonna is Norway's largest ice cap.

He was a prophet in a way you know, in his music; a modern day prophet. Like I said, he was sent by God to enlighten, much like the prophets of old times. A lot of people don’t recognize it because he’s different in that he’s an entertainer, and he was sent in that form of being an entertainer, so a lot of people overlooked the prophecy he was teaching. His teachings of love and concern; you can hear about his concern with “Earth Song,” and other songs he preached concern for the planet and people, for humanity, for one another. I think he’s a wonderful human being. I think he’s a lesson for everybody to learn and model after in that light; the light of concern and caring for one another. Sure would be a better world if everybody did.

-Jonathan ‘Sugarfoot’ Moffett (drummer from ‘This Is It’)

The earth we all share is…a living, nurturing being. She cares for us; she deserves our care in return.

I wanted to change the world, so I got up one morning and looked in the mirror. That one looking back said, “There is not much time left. The earth is wracked with pain, Children are starving. Nations remain divided by mistrust and hatred. Everywhere the air and water have been fouled almost beyond help. Do something!”

We’ve been treating Mother Earth the way some people treat a rental apartment. Just trash it and move on. But there’s no place to move on to now. We have brought our garbage and our wars and our racism to every part of the world. We must begin to clean her up, and that means cleaning up our own hearts and minds first, because they led us to poison our dear planet.

-Michael Jackson

Increasingly, the world around us looks as if we hate it.

-Alan Watts

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.”

-John Muir

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge, for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.

-Marya Mannes

We call that species most successful that has made its own kind its worst enemy.”

-Garrett Hardin

The ice cap carrying an image of Mother Nature ‘crying’ has been continually shrinking by as much as 160 feet every year for several decades. Jon Ove Hagen, a member of the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) and professor in geosciences at Oslo University, Norway, has been studying the Austfonna ice shelf since 1988. He says: “The geometry of the ice cap is changing. The fronts are retreating, the lower parts are getting thinner, with a thinning rate of about three feet-per-year while the interior of the ice cap is thickening with about 1.6 feet-per-year. The ice cap is losing about 1.6 cubic miles of ice every year.

So what can we do?

The Facebook group ‘A Million Trees for Michael‘ was created in answer to Michael’s plea for everyone to do their part to help the planet. The group has shared some things we can all do to help our Earth. The group today shared the following from ‘The Daily Green‘:

1: Avoid Waste by Recycling

The Daily Green calculated that for every trash can of waste you put outside for the trash collector, about 70 trash cans of waste are used in order to create that trash. To reduce the amount of waste you produce, buy products in returnable and recyclable containers and recycle as much as you can.

2. Give Up Paper and Plastic Bags

Twelve million barrels of oil were used to make the billions of paper and plastic bags consumed in the United States last year according to The Daily Green. The Daily Green says the best option is reusable shopping bags made of cotton, nylon or durable, mesh-like plastic. Keep the reusable shopping bags handy so you have them on your next shopping trip.

3. Stop Buying Bottled Water

The Daily Green suggests using reusable water bottles instead made from materials like stainless steel or aluminum that are not likely to degrade over time. If you choose a plastic water bottle, check the number on the bottom first: Plastics numbered 3, 6 and 7 could pose a health threat to you, so look for plastics numbered 1, 2, 4 or 5.

4. Stop Receiving Unwanted Catalogs

According to The Daily Green every year billions of catalogs are mailed to consumers. Save the millions of trees and billions of gallons of water by putting a stop to unwanted mail. Go online to CatalogChoice.org for help.

5. Give Up Conventional Detergents

The Daily Green advises that many natural detergents today are made to clean clothes just as effectively in cooler water temperatures. Choose detergents and other laundry products that are plant-based, concentrated and biodegradable.

6. Give Up Hot Water in the Washer

The Daily Green says that almost 90 percent of the energy is used to heat the water, and most clothes will come clean in cold water. So switch your washing machine’s temperature setting.

7. Give Up the Clothes Dryer

The second biggest household energy user, after the refrigerator, is the clothes dryer. Overdrying your clothes can end up costing you money as well. The Daily Green says when using the dryer, clear the lint filter after each load and dry only full loads of clothes. Dry heavy fabrics separately from lighter ones, and don’t add wet clothing in the middle of the drying cycle. And remember that hanging clothing outside in the sun and air to dry is the most energy-efficient method — or use a folding indoor rack all year long.

8. Check for Leaks in Your Toilet

According to The Daily Green a leaking toilet can waste anywhere between 30 and 500 gallons of water every day, so any leak should be repaired. To see if your toilet is leaking, put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the dye shows up in the toilet bowl after 15 minutes or so, the toilet has a leak. Leaking is usually caused by an old or poorly fitting flapper valve, which can be replaced by any amateur DIY-er!

9. Give Up Conventional Toilet Paper

If every household in the United States bought just one four-pack of 260-sheet recycled bath tissue, instead of the typical tissue made from virgin fiber, it would eliminate 60,600 pounds of chlorine pollution, preserve 356 million gallons (1.35 billion liters) of fresh water and save nearly 1 million trees The Daily Green. The best news is that a four-pack of recycled toilet paper costs about the same as a four-pack of conventional toilet paper.

10. Give Up Paper Towels

Paper towels create a lot of unnecessary waste. Instead of loading up on them The Daily Green suggests buying some reusable microfiber towels, which grip dirt and dust like a magnet, even when they get wet. When you are finished with them, toss the towels in the wash and reuse them again.

11. Run a fully loaded dishwasher

If you have dishwasher, use it. Running a fully loaded dishwasher — without prerinsing the dishes — can use a third less water than washing the dishes by hand, saving up to 10 to 20 gallons of water a day. Simply scrape
large pieces of food off your dishes and let the dishwasher handle the rest. And by using the air-dry setting (instead of heat-dry), you will consume half the amount of electricity without spending a dime.

12. Lower the temp in your fridge

As one of the biggest appliances in your kitchen, the refrigerator is also one of the most power hungry, accounting for 10 to 15 percent of the average home energy bill each month. Get your fridge running in tip-top shape. First, set the refrigerator thermostat to maintain a temperature between 38 and 42 degrees (F). This temperature will protect your food from spoiling while saving electricity. Twice a year, clean the condenser coil at the back of your fridge. Condenser coils tend to get dusty, making them less efficient.

13. Give up two degrees

Electric power plants are the country’s largest industrial source of the pollutants that cause global warming. By snuggling under a blanket on the couch on a snowy winter night instead of turning up the heat, or enjoying the breeze from a fan in the height of summer instead of turning up the air conditioning, you can save pounds of pollution, as well as some money off your utility bills. Set your thermostat in winter to 68 degrees F (20° C) or less during the daytime and 55 degrees F (13° C) before going to sleep or when you are away for the day. And during the summer, set thermostats to 78 degrees F (26° C) or more.

14. Give up dry cleaning

Until recently, almost all dry cleaners used a cancer-causing chemical called perchloroethylene, also known as Perc or TCE. Traces of this toxic chemical remain on your clothes after dry cleaning and will evaporate into the air in your car or home. If you have to use a traditional dry cleaner, take your dry cleaning out of the plastic and air it outside or near a window before hanging it in your closet. To avoid the need for dry cleaning at all, make customer care a part of your clothing purchase decisions and choose fabrics that don’t require dry cleaning at all.

15. Stop wasting gas

Increase your gas mileage by checking your tire pressure. More than a quarter of all cars and nearly one-third of all SUVs, vans and pickups have underinflated tires, according to a survey by the Department of Transportation. If every American kept his or her tires properly inflated, we could save 2.8 billion gallons (10.6 billion liters) of gasoline a year — and help curb global warming pollution — so inflate the tires on your car or truck and continue to do so once a month or as necessary.

I respect the secrets and magic of nature. That’s what makes me so angry when I see these things that are happening in our world. That every second I hear the size of a football field is torn down in the Amazon. I mean, that kind of stuff really bothers me. That’s why I write these kinds of songs. You know, to give some sense of awareness and awakening and hope to people. I love the planet. I love trees. I have this thing for trees. And the colours and the changing of leaves. I love it! And I respect those kinds of things.

I really feel that nature is trying so hard to compensate for man’s mismanagement of the planet. The planet is sick. Like a fever. If we don’t fix it now, it’s at the point of no return. This is our last chance to fix this problem that we have. Or it’s like a runaway train. And the time has come; this is it.

People are always saying, “Oh,” they think, “They’ll take care of it.” “The government’ll do…” “They’ll…” They who??  It starts with us. It’s US! Or else it’ll never be done.

-Michael Jackson, 2009

"It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live." Dalai Lama | The photo was taken in New York on August 15, 1999. Ten years later the Dalai Lama granted an interview to German jounalists while in Germany. Asked about Michael he said: "I met Michael Jackson 2 or 3 times and I liked and admired him because he really knew how to entertain people."

"It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live." -HH Dalai Lama •|• The photo was taken in New York on August 15, 1999. Ten years later the Dalai Lama granted an interview to German journalists while in Germany. Asked about Michael he said: "I met Michael Jackson 2 or 3 times and I liked and admired him because he really knew how to entertain people."

The group “Major Love Prayer” asks that we all take time out of our day today to say a loving prayer to Planet Earth. It has been shown that positive thoughts can actually change water. They no doubt can change more than just water. Take time today to say a prayer for our Earth.

Finally, what would Earth Day be without the voice of one of her biggest protectors, for whom she cried when he was laid to rest. Following are Michael’s poem ‘Planet Earth‘, and his ‘Earth Song‘ for you to revisit and enjoy as a reminder of how important caring for our planet was to Michael – and how important it is for all of us.

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9 Responses to “Earth Day. Earth Song. Planet Earth: What YOU can do. . .”

  1. Jackie says:

    I said it before and I’ll say it again, I am tired that the stupid so called humans even dare to think that they can surpass nature, that they can surpass Planet Earth! They can’t and they will never!

    They build all those creepy things and they don’t even consider the very simple fact that only ONE MOVE of the nature all this is gone!

    One can hold and hold and hold but just like everyone finally it exlpodes. It may sounds hard but just one needs to give a thought about it- That by Earthquakes,Tsunamies,Tornados,Hurricanes planet earth is screaming for HELP! Nobody thinks about it.

    Very very sad and annoying! And that’s very very very true what Michael said-IT STARTS WITH US! ONLY WITH US! The “government” don’t give a damn about it-the opposite they acutally WANT IT they desire to have it more and more and more! Money is their goal not our health and welfare.

    It’s sad and annoying that sometimes people have to taste a bad flavour to understand that they are wrong!

    I am wondering who will supply this world with oxygen when there will be no more trees left?
    The government? I don’t think so!

  2. MONIKA says:

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  4. Deb says:

    On a daily basis, I click the large buttons of thegreategood.com, which supports 7 charities, including environmental causes.
    On a weekly basis, I try to play the academic games on freerice.com, in which 10 grains of rice are donated to feed the world’s hungry for evey correct answer given.Throughout the country, many schoolchildren have been devoted to its use since its incipience in 2007. Interestingly, “Man in the Mirror” has often filtered through my subconscious as I’ve played that later and that was before Michael died.I strongly advocate downloading both websites.
    I have often been remind of Mark Twain’s observation, “Man is the only animal that blushes.Or needs to.”
    But now that Michael is no longer on this Earth, it’s up to us to do our part in whatever way we’re able to.

  5. Cynthia Kent says:

    After that BP oil spill last year, I could not help but read “Mother Earth” from Michaels book “Dancing the Dream”. He wrote that back in 1992… 18 years later and it seems Nothing has changed. When will mankind learn that we’re slowly killing our planet! Like Michael tryed to convey to us in “Earth Song” & “Planet Earth” it’s up to each and every one of us to do our part no matter how small. Where I live, two big factories/corporations I found out Years ago have been leaching chemicals into the ground creating large underground “plumes” therefore contaminating the groundwater and creating rare forms of cancers. Most died soon after being diagnosed and this Same scenario played itself out at a nearby Army base where stored chemicals in huge drums were leaking into the ground inside a storage shead. Years later and only AFTER at least 8 children were diagnosed and dying of cancer in this “cluster area” did the government start to “look into it” remove the leaking barrels and shut the place down. Why is it that it takes Years for anything to get done…how many more lives have to be lost! What a sad state we have created for future generations. Fracking is Another hot issue where I live. Bad news for us and the planet if you ask me. Use of pesicides Another serious ongoing problem with local farmers and lawncare companys. There are Much safer methods to use that will NOT pollute the ground indangering both humans and wildlife. Composting is another form of “Giving Back” to mother earth-something Everyone can do. I said it before and I’ll say it again the “Earth Song” video and the “Planet Earth” poem should be required in schools, workplaces, ect…This is our home…it’s the Only home we got. As Michael pleaded to us, he stated he Could Not do this alone…it’s up to us now to carry out his legacy and make him proud. Earth day should be every day, what do you think? Happy Easter to everyone! Seven…your website is one of the best. I truly appreciate the hard work and love you put into these articles and reading all the comments from our MJ family.I couldn’t imagine a day without cheaking in.

  6. Susan T says:

    I vividly remember the inauguration of Earth Day–April 22, 1970. For all the advantages of our lightning fast technology and ability to send and receive news in nano seconds, I truly feel that our consciousness and level of caring has regressed rather than advancing. I tremble when I think about the way mankind has plundered, exploited and mangled nature. We believe that we are the be all, end all when in fact we are mere threads in the delicate and vast web of life.

    Earth Song should be the theme song of Earth day. There’s no other song that so eloquently and powerfully expresses the collective anguish and concern of those who love and treasure Mother Earth.

    “Did you ever stop notice,
    all the children dead from war.
    “Did you ever stop to notice,
    this crying Earth its weeping shores?

    Some Native American wisdom from Chief Seattle:

    “Earth does not belong to us; we belong to Earth”.

    “Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints”.

    “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect”.

    Yes, I believe Earth weeps for its beloved, lost defender. But Heaven rejoices that its most brilliant angel has returned! Where Michael left off, we must pick up the batton and continue his vision. There’s much to be done. I just pray we still have time to accomplish it. There is no Planet 2!

    Michael was drawn to and lovingly embraced by the great spiritual and socially conscious figures of modern day society. Great photo of him with the Dalai Lama. Isn’t it ironic that so many who appeared to be intelligent and influential people regarded him with disdain and treated him like an aberration? Pretty obvious who was confused.

    Thanks, Seven, for listing all the things we can do.

  7. Solar says:

    Thanks, Seven, for this truly haunting but necessary post. During his short life here on Earth, Michael did everything he humanly could to bring to our attention the fact that it’s OUR collective responsibility to take care of one another and our physical habitat, Planet Earth.

    It’s easy to be dismissive and say the “government” will take care of it, as Michael pointed out, but WE must remember that WE ARE the government, WE ARE the world, WE ARE inextricably intertwined in this constantly revolving circle of life on all levels. WE ARE the ONLY ones to make that change before it’s too late.

    And we must remember, as Michael also stated, “There’s nothing that can’t be done if we raise our voice as one.”

  8. Ellen says:

    The Earth most certainly cried when Michael was taken from us. His poetic messages were so passionate and revealing of his true deep-down loving nature towards the Earth and all creatures that dwell on it. He has left a tremendous void on the Earth and in my heart because he spoke of love and truth. Unfortunately, in our society today most people cannot allow themselves to hear the poignant messages he wanted to share with all of us and instead opted to persecute and destroy him, no matter what. I hope and pray that with his absence from the Earth, perhaps humanity can open its heart and mind and truly listen to what he was saying all these years. The world has lost the brightness of his love and his smile, yet we must be thankful that he did walk among us here on Earth. God bless Michael, his family and his children. Rest in eternal peace, sweet Michael. You are forever in my heart.

  9. Karen in Houston says:

    Today in Houston Texas in the Texas City area the people are under a shelter in place order as at least 3 refineries are having problems with power outages and gas burn-offs. When will we learn?

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