22nd of April: #earthday2019
#earthday exists since 1970, when the environmental movement was at a peak (in the USA). This image by @nasa is called #Earthrise and is probably one of the most influential images in the history of #environmentalism The photo was taken by William Anders and it shows nothing more and nothing less than our home from another perspective. It shows the #earth as the astronauts on the Apollo 8 mission saw it: a big blue ball suspended in nothingness, without borders or even humans to be seen. Importantly enough, this picture is not a #selfie it puts humans in the background, tells us to be humble, teaches us that we – who think that we are so important – are merely one more part of this big #planet
On Earth Day, this is what we should remember and also, that all the talk about “protecting the earth” is not actually about that, but about protecting ourselves. The big blue ball doesn’t care about our actions. It was once a radioactive sphere of liquid stone on which somehow, #life became possible. Life doesn’t care about our actions, either. After all, it has survived 5 mass extinctions. The only ones who should care about our actions are the living, for we, the ones we know and love, and all the wonderful creatures of the Earth’s biosphere must bear the consequences of the environmental degradation we are causing.
This day should remind us to be empathetic with all living beings, to take care of one another and the life supporting system that is Earth. Not only on April 22nd, but every single day of our lives.
As I think that an interest in #fashion is what unites you under this photo, I want to call your attention to this: The fashion industry, just like every industry, has an impact on the planet and, more directly, on the people at its base. I am talking about the people who make the raw material, dye the cloth and sew hundreds of shirts, trousers, and jackets a day. Ask yourself and the brands #whomademyclothes Watch “The true cost” and read about the implications of #fastfashion Don't always buy what you just want, but what you need and check #secondhand stores before buying new stuff.
Respect others and #respect life!