Saturday, April 16, 2011

Countdown to Earth Day - part 8 of 8

Happy Earth Day everyone!

I hope you have enjoyed my little countdown. Today's quote, the final one, comes from Kalpana Chawla, a shuttle astronaut that we tragically lost on Colombia's final flight (STS-107).

"This planet below you is our campsite, and you know of no other campground."

As a geologist, a former Girl Scout, and a member of an "outdoorsy" family, I have spent my fair share of time around a campfire, and maybe that's why this particular quote resonates so strongly for me. Even the smell of a campfire makes me feel warm and safe and loved. You know how you go into the woods to get more wood or find sticks for marshmallows and it's cold and dark and you don't know what's out there and there's bugs, and then you find that perfect stick and you head back, you break into the clearing and just ahead you can see the campfire and it's warm and inviting and surrounded by the people you love, a little oasis in the dark. That's the Earth, our little oasis in the vast darkness of space.

Wanna celebrate Earth Day? Here are some local activities for DC, or find something happening near you.

Countdown to Earth Day part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 part 5 part 6 part 7

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