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Talk: Earth Day is Every Day

Posted by Humanist Hall on April 20, 2012as , ,




Sunday Meeting

Sunday, April 22 at 10:30 am

Earth Day is Every Day

Talk in Honor of Earth Day

By Florence Windfall




Florence’s talk this Sunday falls on Earth Day, which is once a year. But we know that every day should be Earth Day inasmuch as the Earth requires our attention every single day. But instead, what mostly attracts our attention are the various entertainments and advertisements, social expectations and exhortations, and subtle encouragements and unspoken cues directing us what to do, what to buy, what to imagine, how to think, how to feel, and how to live. The Earth gets left behind in our stimulating urban existence, detached and disassociated from the needs and trials — not to mention the grandeur — of the Earth. Today, Earth Day, will mostly be a celebration of our wonderful blue-green planet that includes our gratitude for being alive upon it. But Florence’s talk today will be about the dark side of our love for the Earth. She will speak to some of our prognostications of what this century could be like, given that we humans could be the death of Life — we could bring about the early death of Life on Earth. She will draw her ideas from James Lovelock‘s 2009 book, The Vanishing Face of Gaia. James Lovelock is a hero of science and it’s well to heed his words, grim though they be. There is much truth in what he has to say.


Traditionally, Humanism did not officially include ecological or environmental awareness. Humanism was about humans, with humans central to its ethics and philosophy, rather than an alleged “God.” But today Humanism does embrace the environment, or what used to be called conservation. And what exactly do Humanists think they should do for the environment today? Do Humanists expect to save the Earth, or some part of it, from environmental destruction today? What do YOU think Humanists should be doing for the environment? And what are you doing, or what would you like to be doing, for conservation today?

Our Sunday talks are accompanied by pot luck refreshments. Please feel free to bring scrumptious food, organic and local, suitable for brunch. Our doors open at 10:30 am and this talk will begin at 11:00 am.




Joel Nakamura

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