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The One Thing We All Have in Common

Our Beautiful Blue-Green Planet - EARTH

By Linda RivenbarkPublished about a year ago Updated about a year ago 3 min read
Top Story - April 2023
The One Thing We All Have in Common
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This is written in commemoration of Earth Week, April 14 through April 22. Earth Day is observed on the 22nd, the final day of Earth Week. This year, Earth Week celebrations will extend worldwide and will feature a different environmental topic each day of the week.

The theme of the 2023 Earth Week is "Invest in Our Planet, Now!"

The first Earth Day event took place on April 22, 1970, and it has expanded in scope and intensity ever since.

The first virtual Earth Day event took place in 2020. Far from being just a virtual event, efforts have been ramped up to feature live, hands-on events in all time zones of the planet.

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Events include rallies, clean-ups, celebrations, and protests. In the Hawaiian Pacific islands, around 700 divers are expected to participate in the World's largest dive "in support of The Pledge to Our Keiki" (meaning of Keiki is "child, baby, very young human").

in support of The Pledge to Our Keiki

World: (as Defined by Cambridge Dictionary)

Meaning of world in English



UK /wɜːld/ US /wɝːld/

world noun (THE EARTH)

A1 [ S ]

the earth and all the people, places, and things on it:

Different parts of the world have very different climatic conditions.

Which bridge has the longest span in the world?

News of the disaster shocked the (whole/entire) world.

We live in a changing world and people must learn to adapt.

She's a world authority on foetal development.

a world record/championship

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Let's explore the word "world" in more detail.

I live in a world. You live in a world. Every person alive today and every person who ever has lived or ever will live, shares the same world - Earth!

I live in a world.

Conversely, a world lives in me.

My little (sometimes seemingly big) world exists and evolves constantly, as does yours.

When we gaze at the stars at night, we cannot help but realize how small we really are...that is, these bodies we inhabit.

But the real self, the real me and you...that's a different matter. Our spirits cannot be measured or completely defined. We each have infinity living in us.

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What makes us alike? What makes us different?

Each human life on planet Earth, our shared Mother, is a uniquely beautiful mosaic. Made of broken pieces and tiny fragments of Earth's hold on us.

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Our world contains a wealth of diversity...diversity of life forms, geographical features, plant and animal kingdoms, and chemical elements that bring it all together.

Earth contains everything we need to maintain life, stay healthy, and thrive as human beings. The same is true for other animal and plant species.

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The soil contains the optimal balance of minerals to grow plants for food that our bodies can use for our ultimate best nutritional health.

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It is all right here.

A source of shared wealth, sufficient for all our needs.

Earth belongs to each living creature equally.

How do we know this.

Each living thing starts as a single cell and has its own blueprint to become a uniquely wonderful part of the cycle of life.

No one is superior and more worthy of earth's bounty than others.

No one is insignificant and deserving of being deprived or left behind.

When some humans find it acceptable to disregard, disrespect, minimize, or mistreat other humans, we are all harmed by the results.

Our mother, Gaia (Earth), the ancestral mother of all life, is harmed most of all.

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Gaia offers her bounty to all creatures who depend upon her for every aspect of life itself.

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She has been severely treated, or should I say "mistreated".

Some prefer to deny the wrong and damage that has been done to Gaia; to look the other way and believe she is indestructible. Indeed, she may survive all the abuse that is being visited on her, but those who depend on her for life may not.

During Earth week, I plan to do research about climate change and environmental issues to learn new ways to do my part to love and cherish Gaia.

Will you join me in this effort?

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About the Creator

Linda Rivenbark

I believe in the magic of words, love, and tenacity. There is a world out there that needs to be explored, researched, and written out to try to make some sense of it, and to make a better place for the children of tomorrow.

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  • randy Davidson 5 months ago

    Hello lovely friendly story writer I would like to be friends with you and share your story Do you mind us be friends??

  • Nice, enjoyable story. Keep going with your efforts.

  • Gideon Rwezahura 11 months ago

  • Jay Kantorabout a year ago

    Dear Linda ~ HaPpY Mothers Day ~ Mother Earth! Jay Kantor, Chatsworth, California 'Senior' Vocal Author - Vocal Author Community -

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  • MD Mohaiminul Islamabout a year ago

    A wonderful

  • Dana Crandellabout a year ago

    A wonderful article and very appropriate for today. Congratulations, Linda!

  • Cathy holmesabout a year ago

    Great article. Congrats.

  • Loryne Andaweyabout a year ago

    Excellent food for thought and thank you for bringing awareness to Earth Week!

  • We have been destroying out planet for longer than we can remember. It's the little things like this that's the least we can do to help our Earth. Thank you for writing this. Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Mariann Carrollabout a year ago

    Excellent , our city have city sweep, where the community come together and volunteer. Thanks for the reminder to take care of our earth. ❤️

  • Babs Iversonabout a year ago

    Fabulous piece!!! Loved it!!! Well done!!!

  • Sandra Tena Coleabout a year ago

    Fantastically put! Thank you for putting this together:)

  • Call Me Lesabout a year ago

    I've always loved the concept of Gaia. Your work beautifully conceptualizes so many of my feelings about this too. This should have been a top story. Well done Linda!

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