To cherish what remains of the earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
--Wendell Berry, Author
Some of us do, but so many think it's not my job. Wendell Berry is one of my favorite authors.
Mine too Anneliese. He wrote a poem that I read a long time ago and it's still one of my favorites.
"THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS"
When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Inspiring quote - and I like Marda's follow up.
The most irritating people are the ones that proclaim to "Save the Earth" or the Panda or a rain-forest far away and therefore are too busy to take care of their immediate environment. I always think one has to start where one is.