Music:  Bless the Beasts and the Children

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When we look down at the earth from space, we see this amazing,
indescribably beautiful planet; it looks like a living, breathing
organism.  But, above all, it looks extremely fragile.
-- Ron Garran, Astronaut
Our Fragile Home
Celebrating Earth Day ~ April 22, 2018
In honor of Earth Day, 2018. . .
any of the images on this page represent animals, birds or trees that are on the
IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species.  The list is divided into categories:  Extinct,
Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable
, Near Threatened.  Most of the
subjects I've chosen are from the Critically Endangered or Endangered categories.
There are a few photos unrelated to the
list and these will have no description
under them
, but the endangered subjects will be identified by name.  -- Nancy
Bless the beasts and the children,
For in this world they have no voice,
They have no choice.

Bless the beasts and the children,
Give them shelter from the storm,
Keep them safe
And keep them warm.

Light their way
When darkness surrounds them,
Give them love
Let it shine all around them.

-- Perry L. Botkin and Barry de Vorzon
Animals are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations,
caught with ourselves, in the net of life and time.
 -- Henry Beston
Giant Panda
Polar Bear
Some species of Egrets, including the Snowy Egret,
are on various U.S. state
s' endangered lists.
When you are up there, feeling infinite space, the earth looks like a fragile planet
against the immense universe.  There may be life elsewhere, but having not yet
found an alternate place, it is crucial to take care of the one place we do  have.
-- Guy Laliberté  Laliberte, 1st Canadian space tourist
Sun Bear
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time
proving that he can outwit Nature and more time respecting her seniority.
-- E. B. White
The bald cypress forests of coastal Louisiana are disappearing at an alarming rate, due to
over-logging by mulch companies and pollution from oil and gas drilling discharges.  With the
loss of the cypress trees, critical protection for marsh preservation is lost.  Aside from the
environmental implications, which are many and varied, the marshlands along the state's Gulf
used to help protect inland cities, including New Orleans, from the effects of hurricanes.

A law banning cypress logging in Louisiana was passed in 2009 and Home Depot, Walmart
and Lowe's had already agreed to stop selling mulch harvested from Louisiana cypresses at
that time
.  However, illegal logging continues, with unscrupulous logging companies simply
falsifying the stated source of the mulch they sell to retailers.  Illegal discharges from oil
companies and dumping of waste from other companies continue to be reported.
If we lose wilderness, we lose forever the knowledge of what the
world was and what it might yet become.  These are islands in time,
with nothing to date them on the calendar of mankind.  Here are bits
of eternity, which have a preciousness beyond all accounting.
-- Harvey Broome
Let us be good stewards of the earth we inherited.  All of us have to
share the earth's fragile ecosystems and precious resources, and
each of us has a role to play in preserving them.  
-- Kofi Annan
Red-browed Amazon Parrot
Snow Leopard
Sun Parakeets
Bengal Tiger
Siberian Tiger
Asiatic Lion
Cozumel Raccoon (or Pygmy Raccoon)
I realized up there that our planet is not infinite.  It's fragile.  That may
not be obvious to a lot of folks, and it's tough that people are fighting
each other here on earth instead of trying to get together and live on
this planet.  We look pretty vulnerable in the darkness of space.
-- Alan Shepard, 1st American to travel into space
Asian elephant
Coast Redwood (or California Redwood) trees are among the oldest living trees on
Earth.  Before commercial logging and clearing began in the 1850's, this tree
occurred naturally in an estimated 2,100,000 acres along much of coastal California
and the southwestern corner of coastal Oregon.  Coast Redwoods were the world's
largest trees before logging, with numerous historical specimens reportedly
over 400 feet
tall.  The oldest known Coast Redwood is about 2,200 years old.
Logging has taken a devastating toll on the old forests and today less than 5% of the
ancient redwood forest remains, but there are ongoing efforts by environmental
groups to restore old-forest characteristics to young forest stands.
Red Panda
There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth.
Everybody's crew.
-- Marshall McLuhan
Green Peafowl
What a country chooses to save says a lot about what a
country chooses to say about itself.
 -- Mollie Beattie
Reversing deforestation is complicated; planting a tree is simple.
-- Martin O-Malley