A Wake Up Call for Our Planet
by Steve Viglione and Dr. Marilyn Powers
We believe the future is right here and right now for our earth. It’s imperative that our children learn how to be great stewards of our planet. As we write this the Gulf Oil Spill is now gushing millions of gallons of oil into The Gulf of Mexico. Fishing industries, tourism and wildlife will need time to heal, a long time to heal.
Personally, we don’t know what to do with the sadness that we feel around this devastating oil spill. However, we cannot sit around and blame the oil companies and their partners or the government. This is a wake up call for us to take responsibility for our choices and to be aware that when we choose to drive our cars and take planes and heat our homes with fossil fuels this is the one of the results.(Photo from Washington Post Article)
Our greatest resource–besides clean, renewable energy as major solutions to all environmental problems–is our children. Our children who are inheriting this world we made for them will need to work even harder at changing the habits that our generation and the generation before us created. How will they do it? They will do it by having the awareness to care enough for the planet to take action now. They will create entire careers for themselves that will be filled with passion and purpose for making a difference for the earth.
In fact it is not only our children who need to take action. We still live here and us adults created this chaos out of the choices of yesteryear. We heard that in the 1920′s there were electric cars but people didn’t want them because they didn’t make enough engine noise. They didn’t have a clue what they were creating was a disaster in the making. A world of engines based on the consumption of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels that are not a renewable resource and that dirty our air, food and water.
There is no quick fix. Change does not always happen fast, it happens when we are ready. Well, we are ready now, not in the future, to take action, be a great role model for our kids and inspire them to be better caretakers of the earth then we were.
This is why we wrote I Am The Earth: Positive Affirmations for Loving Our Planet. It is why we want to inspire our children to take a break from the computer screens, video games and text messaging and go lie down in the grass and look up at the sky. Take off their shoes and feel the earth beneath their feet.
In April of 2008, we, Steve and Marilyn, decided to commit to publishing a green book for children on taking care of the earth after receiving a grant from a Fortune 500 Company (SAIC). From the time we began the project we knew there was never a more important time for our children to take ownership of the earth and treat it lovingly and respectfully.
In April 2010, the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, we delivered on our promise to publish I Am The Earth: Positive Affirmations for Loving Our Planet. Within a few weeks of its publication, I Am The Earth was gifted to and downloaded by people in 30 countries via www.iamtheearthonline.com. The book was displayed for the world to see in Times Square on a prominent billboard during Earth Day week.
Now you might be asking, what can I do about being a great steward of the earth? Well, there is something you can do about it. Right here and right now, you can help by placing copies of I Am The Earth in the hands of children across the United States and around the world. You can do this for free by gifting them the eBook copy of I Am The Earth by sending them to www.iamtheearthonline.com .
You can also order hard copies of I Am The Earth and gift them to children in schools, organizations or simply children in your life. We now have a Classroom Sponsorship Program where you can sponsor a classroom of children with 35 I Am The Earth Books, The I Am The Earth Song, The I Am The Earth Curriculum and Sheet Music. Contact us to sponsor a classroom.
From I Am The Earth:
“I Am The Earth, And the way I choose to live, Affects all things around me, So it’s the best I’m here to give. I Am The Ocean, so important to the whale, I celebrate life so wonderful, the birds, the fish, the snail.”
Steve Viglione and Dr. Marilyn Powers are the co-founder’s of The I AM Foundation. An educational, 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is gifting educational books and music worldwide. Since 1998, they have gifted and distributed over 1 million books and products to children and adults. They are now gifting their I Am The Earth eBook around the world. You can receive a gift copy and share it with others by visiting www.iamtheearthonline.com. You can also receive a gift copy of their best-selling book for children The I AM! Affirmation Book: Discovering The Value of Who You Are by visiting www.millionbooksforkids.com. To visit their website go to www.iamfoundation.org