Environment Week 2016

Day 5: Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Our Tiny Blue Marble

3-as08-14-2383aThis planet is not terra firma. It is a delicate flower and it must be cared for. It’s lonely. It’s small. It’s isolated, and there is no resupply. And we are mistreating it. Clearly, the highest loyalty we should have is not to our own country or our own religion or our hometown or even to ourselves. It should be to, number two, the family of man, and number one, the planet at large. This is our home, and this is all we’ve got.

— Scott Carpenter, Mecury 7

The view of the Earth from the Moon fascinated me—a small disk, 240,000 miles away. It was hard to think that that little thing held so many problems, so many frustrations. Raging nationalistic interests, famines, wars, pestilence don’t show from that distance.

— Frank Borman, Apollo 8

We learned a lot about the Moon, but what we really learned was about the Earth. The fact that just from the distance of the Moon you can put your thumb up and you can hide the Earth behind your thumb. Everything that you’ve ever known, your loved ones, your business, the problems of the Earth itself—all behind your thumb. And how insignificant we really all are, but then how fortunate we are to have this body and to be able to enjoy loving here amongst the beauty of the Earth itself.

— Jim Lovell, Apollo 8 & 13

Oddly enough the overriding sensation I got looking at the earth was, my god that little thing is so fragile out there.

— Mike Collins, Apollo 11

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.

— Neil Armstrong

 Thank you for your participation this week! Hopefully we, as individuals, families, and communities, can continue to minimize our impact on the environment. We’ve exchanged some great ideas this week; let’s turn this week’s efforts into life long habits.

Thursday’s Photo Submissions

Show us how you and your family enjoy the natural resources around us!

Calvert City

My daughter Ainsley enjoying the outdoors with some friends on a swing hanging from a tree branch.- Derek Thorning

My daughter Ainsley enjoying the outdoors with some friends on a swing hanging from a tree branch.- Derek Thorning


Butterflies at Honker Bay here in Land Between the Lakes  -Rene Tucker

Butterflies at Honker Bay here in Land Between the Lakes -Rene Tucker


Enjoying nature doing something I love, riding horseback.  – Haley White

Enjoying nature doing something I love, riding horseback. – Haley White


Nature hike with a loyal friend. -Sandra Snarr

Nature hike with a loyal friend. -Sandra Snarr


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Enjoy getting to fish, while on vacation; we Love to take in the beauty of this world. – Time Murphy


Spending time outdoors hiking/boating while doing a river cleanup at Tennessee River, Fenton-Boat Shoreline.- Betsy Taber

Spending time outdoors hiking/boating while doing a river cleanup at Tennessee River, Fenton-Boat Shoreline.- Betsy Taber


My wife & I enjoy getting outdoors anytime we can and enjoying nature; We even got married with beautiful Kentucky Lake as our background. -Ryan Reed

My wife & I enjoy getting outdoors anytime we can and enjoying nature; We even got married with beautiful Kentucky Lake as our background. -Ryan Reed


Exploring and Learning with family aboard the Nina and Pinta replicas docked near us—Judy Wright

Exploring and Learning with family aboard the Nina and Pinta replicas docked near us—Judy Wright

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My kids taking a break while hiking an Appalachian trail.– Brad Wurm

My kids taking a break while hiking an Appalachian trail.– Brad Wurm


My oldest son Daniel and I sledding together for the first time this past winter.- Keith Martin

My oldest son Daniel and I sledding together for the first time this past winter.- Keith Martin


Enjoy the show presented by mother nature! –Bret Hann

Enjoy the show presented by mother nature! –Bret Hann


Daddy- daughter time afternoon stroll – Vinh Nguyen

Daddy- daughter time afternoon stroll – Vinh Nguyen


Picture of my daughter enjoying an outdoor concert! -Christa Grissom

Picture of my daughter enjoying an outdoor concert! -Christa Grissom

Dallas

My family went canoeing to cool down in the hot Texas summer and enjoy the natural beauty around us.  .  My dear husband smiling as he paddled us down river while I relaxed and tan away behind the cooler. –May Lee

My family went canoeing to cool down in the hot Texas summer and enjoy the natural beauty around us. . My dear husband smiling as he paddled us down river while I relaxed and tan away behind the cooler. –May Lee


Ann and her granddaughter Karleigh taking a rest from their bike ride.  –Ann Kingsborough

Ann and her granddaughter Karleigh taking a rest from their bike ride. –Ann Kingsborough


Here is a picture of us enjoying Lake Lewisville.- Sandy Deadrick

Here is a picture of us enjoying Lake Lewisville.- Sandy Deadrick


My husband and I enjoying the beautiful beaches and mountains of Sint Martin on our honeymoon.  --Neha Verma

My husband and I enjoying the beautiful beaches and mountains of Sint Martin on our honeymoon. –Neha Verma

Pasadena

Baby Sam joins Dad on his evening run. Lots of new sights, smells, and sounds to take in and enjoy. – Phil Sayles

Baby Sam joins Dad on his evening run. Lots of new sights, smells, and sounds to take in and enjoy. – Phil Sayles


Enjoying the outdoors… let’s hope I don’t crash… again!  -Becky Dalton

Enjoying the outdoors… let’s hope I don’t crash… again! -Becky Dalton


I enjoy the outdoors by exploring a new city -Divya Ghorpade

I enjoy the outdoors by exploring a new city -Divya Ghorpade


Checking out the Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park! –Jenna Timitiman

Checking out the Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park! –Jenna Timitiman


Gracie and I enjoying Land Between the Lakes (holding her to keep her from knocking over the bicyclists) – Charlie O’Rear

Gracie and I enjoying Land Between the Lakes (holding her to keep her from knocking over the bicyclists) – Charlie O’Rear

Thank you again for your participation this week!

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