Pale Blue Dot (Earth) taken by Voyager 1 (1990)
In honor of Earth Day, we invite you to revisit these inspiring words from Carl Sagan about this blue dot we call earth:
"From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
"The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
"Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
"The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994
SPEAKING OF OUR TINY WORLD...
As a company focused on sustainability and environmental responsibility, we encourage you to take some time during this Earth Weekend and reflect on our home and all of its residents. While Earth Weekend is a time for conservation, education, and revolution, it is also a time for appreciation and reflection.
Have you ever stood barefoot in the rain and felt the power of the precious liquid that keeps us alive?
Have you ever stepped out in the snow and listened to the sweet sound of silence as the snowflakes fall across the city?
Have you ever held your hand to a tree and felt how its pulse of life flows with yours?
If you've got too much going on this weekend and you can only do one thing, stop.
Take a walk.
Listen to the language of the trees as they sway in the breeze.
Taste the air in your mouth before pulling it down into your lungs.
Feel the color of the temperatures on your skin.
Everything is connected—including you.
Photos taken on Earth are by Dan Pogust, Chinook Book Content Strategist
We're so grateful to have you join us on our mission to save our home. Together let's shine a light on what it means to live together, on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.