EARTH DAY 2014: May the Beauties & Mysteries of the Earth Endure!

by Duane Nichols on April 21, 2014

1st Earth Day: April 22, 1970


By Rachel L. Carson (1907 – 1964)

Houghton Mifflin Company, Copyright 1962


Dedicated to Albert Schweitzer who said:

“Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall.

He will end by destroying the earth.”

John Keats:

“The sedge is wither’d from the lake,

And no birds sing.”

E. B. White:

“I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good.  Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission.  We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially.”

Rachel Carson: “Those who dwell as layman or scientists, among the beauties and mysteries of the Earth are never alone or weary of life.”

The Rachel Carson Homestead, also known as the Rachel Carson House, is a National Register of Historic Places site in Springdale, Pennsylvania, 18 miles northeast of Pittsburgh along the Allegheny River.

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