Environment Week 2016
Day 5: Enjoying the Great Outdoors
This 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.
Show us how you and your family enjoy the natural resources around us!
Thank you again for your participation this week!