Welcome to our last Sneak Peek Pro episode of the preseason here at Faith, Fern & Compass, where every day is Earth Day. In Episode 3 – Happy (Belated) Earth Day!, we celebrate the Earth as our mother and our home, taking a look back at the origins of the holiday and how it’s evolved over the past 42 years from a national teach-in to a global call to community action.
Jeff explores the bipartisan roots of the first Earth Day back in 1970, a national event that wove together the loose threads of conservation and environmental protection, giving birth to the modern environmentalist movement as we know it. Declared an international holiday — and renamed Mother Earth Day — by the UN in 2009, today’s celebrations all over the world recall the need for action and synthesis that originally inspired the holiday, as well as looking ahead to the challenges that our planet faces in the near future. Getting into the spirit of things, Ali gushes about how much she loves urban trees and talks a bit about all the benefits they provide to city-dwellers.
Next, we head into the jungle with a review of DisneyNature’s most recent film, Chimpanzee, a touching documentary of chimpanzees living in the Tai Forest of the Ivory Coast that offers a glimpse into the cultural diversity and startling compassion of one of our closest primate relatives. With breathtaking cinematography, somewhat silly narration by Tim Allen (yes, that Tim Allen), and lots of adorable baby chimp action, it’s well worth the price of admission — especially since a portion of ticket sales during the film’s opening week go to support the research and preservation efforts of the Jane Goodall Institute.
Turning a more critical eye on the role that corporations have played in distracting and derailing environmentalism over the past several decades, we take a look at how many conservationists and ecologists are finding common cause with the #Occupy movement and its protests of corrupt corporate and government power in an effort to reclaim Earth Day as a holiday of community action, not individual guilt. Ali revisits the question of urban infrastructure and how it can help (or hinder) the choice to bike instead of drive, a perfect example of how individual action accomplishes so much more when it’s supported by systemic change. Plus, Jeff gets to brag about what a good citizen of the earth he is by biking 13 miles a day on his commute to work. (Wow!)
In the Pro extension, Ali and Jeff share some ways that they celebrate Earth Day as a spiritual holiday, and explore why meditation, communication and art are so vital for nurturing a sense of sacred connection with this planet that we know and love. Jeff ponders the universality of beauty from bees to birds to human beings, and Ali confesses her not-quite-platonic love for a magnolia tree in the neighborhood.
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- ThinkProgress tweets about Fox News Earth Day coverage
- “Earth Day’s ups and downs reflect changing environmental movement,” by Kazi Stastna
- “On Earth Day: a disconnect among those who pledge love for the environment,” by Jonathan Tilove
- United Nations news coverage and official website for International Mother Earth Day
- “The High Cost of Losing Urban Trees,” by Nate Berg
- Benefits of NYC’s Urban Forest
- Chimpanzee and the Jane Goodall Institute
- “The Earth Needs More Than A Day: Why We Occupy,” by Mickey Z.
- “Occupy Earth: State Of The Environment Fundamentally Linked to Economic Injustice,” by Shepherd Bliss
- “Occupy Earth Day,” by Mike Ewall
- “The Hand That Covers The Eye,” by Brendan Myers
- “How Biking Benefits Everyone,” by Jay Walljasper
- Opening and closing theme: “Dragonfly” by Brian Boyko
- “Walking in the Forest,” by earthfriend
- “Whale Call,” by earthfriend
- “Rainy Night,” a collaboration by earthfriend and Andrew Eales
- Thanks to NASA for making their images of Earthrise and the Small Magellanic Cloud available in the public domain!
- Thanks to ~ Essence of a Dream ~for the background texture!
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Tags: #Occupy, biking, Brendan Myers, conservation, Earth Day, environmentalism, Jane Goodall Institute, movie review, nature, Rio+20, spirituality, urban trees