Archived 11 April 2001
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by Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.
Pacifica Graduate Institute

Common Themes, East & West:

 EARTH DAY
22 APRIL 2000


Artemis
Copyright © by the artist, Joanna Colbert, and used with her kind permission.
[Note: at her site, Joanna includes data on this Goddess of the Wilds,
who so fiercely protected Her forests and the young of all species]

 
4 April 2000: I am creating this page in honor of the 30th anniversary (and 30 year Saturn-return) of Earth Day on 22 April 2000.  Perhaps it's no coincidence that, in the Christian calendar, the date this year also falls on Holy Saturday, that strangely quiet "limbo" time, that mysterious between-the-realms place wherein miracles are brewed, only to erupt in a garden the next dawn with Christ's appearance to a young woman.  In addition to the religious significance of the timing, this year's Earth Day is also highly auspicious astrologically.  As astrologer, WolfStar, writes:
The 30th anniversary of the first Earth Day is expected to motivate people all across the world to take action for the environment. Eco-citizens will be celebrating by staging rallies, holding workshops, planting trees, and cleaning up trash from the highways and waterways.

Earth Day 2000 arrives accompanied by the epochal planetary alignment in Taurus, the primary sign associated with the earth element. The theme of this year's events is the number 30, in honor of the 30th anniversary. Thirty days before April 22 is when the relatively fast-moving Mars entered Taurus, thereby energizing the slower-moving Jupiter and Saturn already in Taurus, and also energizing environmental awareness.

Saturn is the ultimate 30 year cycle, and the first organized environmental campaign began when Saturn was last in Taurus 30 years ago. The day of the event is scheduled for when the Sun enters Taurus on April 22. However, Earth Week (April 16-22) is expected to be extra eventful, especially from an astrological perspective.

Earth Week begins exactly as Mars and Saturn are conjunct in Taurus, and lasts until Mars squares revolutionary Uranus in Aquarius. Mars linking the dynamic tension between Saturn and Uranus is a highly reactionary force. The most rebellious types will be reacting against the burning of fossil fuels for energy, a process that has released 160 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere since 1970, and contributed to global warming and extreme weather....
[From WolfStar in Astrogram.com for the week of 27 March 2000.]

http://earthday.envirolink.org/
This site offers a listing of Earth Day/Week/Month events around the United States (and a way to add your own to the others), tips for organizers of such events, earth-friendly products, and -- best of all -- the international coverage of the "EnviroLink News Service -- Daily Environmental News."  Here, for example, is one news item from EnviroLink:
 LONDON, April 5, 2000 (Reuters) - The Church of England should not allow new tenants to carry out genetically modified crop trials on its land, the church's Ethical Advisory Group said on Wednesday.... [Go to their "News Archives" if you want more particulars.]
http://earthday.envirolink.org/history.html
From the above site comes a fascinating history of Earth Day since its beginning on 22 April 1970.
http://www.earthday-j.org/english/
This is Earth Day 2000 in Japan but under "Asia" there is also material on Korea.  Some of the pages are minimal but others contain excellent environmental papers.
http://www.earth-day2000.org/
"Earth Day 2000, the Consumer Clearinghouse for the Environmental Decade" is a sober, careful site that, among other things, watchdogs false advertising claims by companies like Coca Cola, Chevron, Mobil, and Pacific Gas & Electric (whose misuse of a chemical called chromium VI has now been made famous by the movie, "Erin Brockovich," starring Julia Roberts).  Each year this non-profit organization puts out its "Don't Be Fooled" Awards:
...American consumers are increasingly looking for products from companies that are environmentally responsible, but find it difficult to sort through the numerous claims corporations make in their advertisements and product labels. Earth Day 2000 releases this report annually to call attention to the past yearís worst greenwashers, corporations that have made misleading or false claims about the environmental benefits of their products and industries. "Donít Be Fooled" describes companiesí greenwashing attempts as well as the truth behind the misleading claims....
Under "Links" are city-links to many different American municipalities with Earth Day celebrations as well as links to a wide array of environmental organizations.  Under "Events" are Earth Day listings for more cities without websites.
http://www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/earthday/earthday.html
This is a great little page from the EPA with 15 things you can do to help your local watershed for Earth Day -- or any day.
http://geology.about.com/education/geology/library/weekly/aa040900a.htm
[Added 4/19/00:]  From Andrew Alden, the geology guide at about.com, comes an excellent essay (with clickable links) on Earth Day, past and present.  He argues for creating a larger role for the earth sciences on this day, a role that would lift the day's often too tepid, feel-good quality to one of genuine significance.
...The political side of Earth Day has faded from its remarkable origin in 1970, during the Nixon administration. Back then, ideas about conservation and environmentalism were vigorously debated, part of a sea change in American consciousness....

Courtesy of Tradestone International
http://www.farmsanctuary.org
This is the Farm Sanctuary's website.  One of my friends, Jane Brown, sent me this link after visiting the Sanctuary's northern California farm earlier this year.  Jane was so moved by what she saw, and so agonized by the fate of so many other unrescued animals, that she spent the weekend in tears and has been haunted by the experience ever since.  She is now a strict vegan.  This site isn't specifically focused on Earth Day 2000, but it belongs here because these animals are Earth's own, and thus urgently deserve our help and protection -- for their sake as well as our own.  Once, the goddess Artemis, Lady of the Animals, would have been their champion. Now, this is our task.  Here's a portion of the page's introduction:
Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has established America's premier farm animal shelters and waged effective campaigns to stop farm animal cruelty.  In addition to its No Downers [note: "downers" are animals too weak to stand], Boycott Veal and Farm Animal Defense campaigns, Farm Sanctuary promotes a vegan lifestyle.

Every year, thousands of people visit Farm Sanctuary in upstate New York and northern California. Here, people have the opportunity to be touched by rescued farm animals. Farm Sanctuary also hosts various conferences and events, and operates Bed & Breakfast cabins at its New York farm.

Farm Sanctuary has videos, photos, and other resources to help educate people about farm animal abuse, and it has reached millions through the media.  The organization also publishes a quarterly newsletter to keep its members informed....

The site is deeply disturbing, but it is also filled with hope, beauty, and love.  I hope you'll risk visiting this one.  (FYI:  so that you know my own position, I have been, essentially, a vegan for many years, although as a proper Capricorn, which is the sign of the archetypal goat, I do use milk, yoghurt and cheese from goats.  If ever I have land of my own, I plan to raise a small herd of goats so that I'll be 100% sure that they're loved and well cared for.)


Courtesy of Russian Sunbirds

http://www.blue-harvest.com/vegetarianism/ecology.html
From D. Byrne Reese comes "A Global Responsibility," a well written page with sobering statistics on meat production versus vegetarianism.  The style is very accessible -- for example:
...In all honesty, I resent scare tactics, and similar methods designed to shock people into change.  Such methods have always made me feel like I was being manipulated - and as a result, I resisted.  However, the facts involved here are exactly that: facts. I will talk about them below because they are some of the reasons that persuaded me to become a vegetarian. Whenever possible, I will indicate the source from which these facts can be verified....
Again, the page isn't specifically connected to Earth Day but, in a larger sense, it's an intricate piece of the overall picture.  My own suspicion -- and I'm speaking here purely as a mythologist with a depth psychological perspective, not a scientific one, so please understand my bias and take it for what it's worth to you -- but my own suspicion is that to take into one's body a life-form killed painfully, disrespectfully, untimely, and cruelly is to invite one's own cells to run amuck in confusion and revulsion -- the result could be what we call cancer.  Humans are just one among many life-forms -- we're all interconnected -- how can our cells not feel the pain of all the others?  If we were just digesting chemicals compounded in someone's lab, that would be one thing.  Or if we were digesting the flesh of animals and birds whose cellular structures still held memories of sun and rain, wind and fragrance, then even if their lives were terminated abruptly, but with the respect a hunter feels for a brave prey, we could probably find true nourishment there, for the earlier, soaring, life-drenched memories would still overbalance the pain at the end.  But to take into ourselves the flesh of creatures reared in dismal, dreary, claustrophobic boredom on huge farms with thousands of other miserable creatures, never tasting rain or wind, never running free, and herded at the end into brutal pens of mass death, how could our own bodies ever digest and find decent nourishment in such gray, cramped, inert flesh?  I don't know.  For myself, I prefer not to risk it.  In my opinion, nothing beats a good, hearty, organically grown and well-seasoned potato-kale soup served with a warm cup of saki!
http://www.sdearthtimes.com/
This is the San Diego Earth Times On-Line  -- it offers high calibre monthly articles on the environment:
Each month, San Diego Earth Times On-Line presents articles covering a wide variety of local, national and international environmental topics. The SDET archive contains every article published since our first issue in Dec '93 -- more than 1,000 articles.

We also offer a searchable Calendar of Earth-Friendly Events, an Archive Search Engine, Web links and more....

For April, they have several special features on Earth Day 2000.
http://www.earthday.net/
This is Earthday Network -- and despite the juvenile-looking bright green background, it turns out to be another serious site for Earth Day and environmental issues in general.  The main page is divided into three columns: "Events" (various Earth Day celebrations around the United States); "Freebies & Fun" (various products); and "Grist Magazine," which is the area I found most interesting because it features well written essays by experts on environmental issues -- here, for example, is a direct link to a Dartmouth professor discussing ABC's John Stossel's attack on organic farming: http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/citizen/citizen031300.stm
There's another feature called "Teachers Corner" with excellent information on Earth Day for classroom use:  http://www.earthday.net/action/schools.stm
And there's  "Breaking News" with updates on environmental news at: http://www.earthday.net/pressroom/

Overall, this is an impressive site with solid information and goals.

http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/earthday/
For children, this is Kid's Domain's "Celebrate Earth Day - Every Day."  There are stories, coloring pages, Earth Day cards, games, songs, crafts, foods, amimated rainforest animals (you can download a demo of these), and much more.

Detail of "Water Dance"
Painting © by Mo Montserrat
[From The Sacred Feminine]
http://www.pta.org/events/ew/00/index.htm
Again focused on children, this is the National PTA's (Parent Teacher Association) website for Earth Week 2000 (16-22 April).  The focus is on clean water, clean air, and  lead-poisoning prevention.
http://www.environmentaldefense.org
This page comes from the non-profit organization, Environmental Defense, and like other sites on my page, offers news updates on serious environmental issues.  It also offers an impressive collection of new ways to protect the environment by "pointing & clicking" (go to "Action" in the small-lettered menu across the top of the page).  Here's a review from PRNewswire:
                        PRESS RELEASE
                        Publication date: 2000-04-05

NEW YORK, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Taking Earth Day activism beyond a concert in the park, Environmental Defense (www.environmentaldefense.org), today highlighted a variety of direct- action tools online to let concerned consumers help improve the environment in their own backyards and around the globe.

Environmental Defense, a leading national nonprofit organization based in New York, represents more than 300,000 members. Since 1967, the organization has linked science, economics, and law to create innovative, equitable, and cost-effective solutions to the most urgent environmental problems.

"To mark the 30th anniversary of Earth Day, we are using the power of the Internet to take environmental activism to the next level," said Environmental Defense executive director, Fred Krupp. "People are now just a point and click away from making a big difference this Earth Day."

From Scorecard, a state of the art resource allowing people to easily track and lobby polluters in their own communities, to the Clean Car Pledge, Environmental Defense's online features deliver tools for action directly to the desktops of consumers....

...Dedicated to finding the ways that work, Environmental Defense is a national advocacy organization with nearly 200 scientists, economists, attorneys, and other professionals in its eight regional offices. The organization was founded in 1967 and has helped bring about some of the twentieth century's most significant environmental milestones. From the phase-out of neurotoxic leaded gasoline to the ban of DDT (a measure that brought the Bald Eagle back from the brink of extinction) to persuading McDonald's to phase out foam clamshells, Environmental Defense has been on the cutting edge of environmental gains for more than 30 years. The organization has worked closely with the Bush and Clinton Administrations to create environmentally sound and economically viable strategies for reducing acid rain and controlling global warming, and continues to pursue new solutions by working directly with business, government, and grassroots groups on approaches that make sense for all.
 

Related Pages from MythingLinks:

To Current Earth Day page

To Common Themes: Earth Goddesses & Gods

To Common Themes: Green Men

To Common Themes: Tree & Plant Lore

To Current Springtide Greetings, Lore, & Customs

To Eastern & Western Europe: Earth-Based Ways (Wicca)

To the Wheel of the Year

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