Some Earth Day thoughts, beginning with some reflections on the month of April by two great poets, over at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Prior to the inaugural Earth Day in 1970, we witnessed environmental catastrophes of nearly Biblical or World War proportions. Rivers caught on fire, whole species were on the brink of extinction and smog enveloped our cities. One could say a new breed of Man evolved from this morass, emboldened with the conservative spirit of preservation of our environment. It didn’t matter that many environmentalists considered themselves anything but conservative, because what was most important was their dedication to conserving and nurturing those aspects of life that bring immediate aesthetic, spiritual and corporeal value to our lives – namely clean water and air flowing through and over landscapes uncluttered by signifiers of human immoderation. Chaucer’s recognition of “aprill” as immediately realized rather than Eliot’s hope of April as a harbinger of rebirth.

Read “Earth Day 2010: Michigan’s Environment as Eden or Waste Land?” on the Mackinac Center site.

While you’re at it, you might be interested in “Windmills Power Controversy on Great Lakes,” Tom Gantert’s piece in Michigan Capitol Confidential.

  • Patrick Powers

    April 22 is also Vladimir Lenin’s birthday.

  • The vocabulary of the environmental political movement maybe somewhat moral, offering earth as the new deity. The ethics of the environmentalist calls us to live in harmony with nature not virtue. Perhaps if a moral vocabulary becomes more prevalent in politics, we can reignite the confidence of our citizens in the political process. I am more concerned about the moral climate of politics than the politics of climate change or earth day.

  • Newspapers at the rectory or what the priests read on the internet