How strange and wonderful is our home

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Antelope Island in a Winter Storm ~ Edward Abbey QuoteAntelope Island in a Winter Storm

How strange and wonderful is our home, our earth, with its swirling vaporous atmosphere, its flowing and frozen liquids, its trembling plants, its creeping, crawling, climbing creatures, the croaking things with wings that hang on rocks and soar through the fog, the furry grass, the scaly seas.

Edward Abbey

I have been thinking and worrying about “our home” deeply and often of late. I worry about the rising temperatures, the decline of species, pollution, destruction and the loss of true wilderness. I know it must be hard for those that are not as profoundly connected to the earth as I am to understand why I feel I need to pull on a warrior’s vest and defend the earth I call home. Why so many people will risk their lives, livelihoods and their future to defend our home, the earth.

It is because when the earth breathes, we breathe. When earth can’t breathe mankind and every other living thing on the planet can’t breathe. The earth deserves better than we have given her, future generations deserve better than we are currently leaving them.

The earth deserves our best. Certainly nothing less.



  1. Adrian Fortier December 2, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Well said !!

  2. M. Bruce December 2, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    As you can see Mia, you are far from alone in your very justified concerns over what looks like a potential environmental disaster. It is up to all of us to make sure that the voices of destruction are not the loudest voices in the room.

  3. Elephant's Child December 2, 2016 at 12:41 pm


  4. Utahbooklover December 2, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I love Abbey’s words and that lovely but ominous image seems to be a warning of environmental struggles ahead. When the economy leaves out many and fear becomes widespread, the electorate moves to the right. And yet the left wing presidential candidate clearly won the popular vote. This electoral college nonsense reminds me of the gerrymandering the GOP uses to stay in power, and not just in Utah. Very depressing!

  5. Larry Muench December 2, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Very timely and well-stated. Keep up the good fight! We’re all in this together.

  6. Ilze Long December 2, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Absolutely! Will we as a species take care of our home, or will we pretend that things will work out somehow?
    For species of such intelligence, we are truly ignorant or self-serving or both.

  7. Nicole Haller-Wilson December 2, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Frightening and scary – we have to stand up and fight in the earths behalf, esp. with the new Un-friendly-to-nearly-everyone administration… what is your favorite environmental group? In the past we’ve supported the NRDC and Audubon… Earth Justice?

  8. Mary McAvoy December 2, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Well said, Mia.
    I receive emails nearly every day. Often the petitions I’m asked to sign relate to protective environmental issues. I always sign them. It’s a small effort on my part but at least I feel as if I’m doing something.

  9. Bob McPherson December 2, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Ditto, Mia. We all need a renewed vigor for taking care of our planet. Even ancient Indian Tribes professed giving back to Mother Earth.

  10. Patty Chadwick December 2, 2016 at 8:09 am

    You’ve just described why my heart is breaking…why this travesty of an “election” is so scary and depressing…the pricipals in it just don’t get it….

  11. Grace Dunklee Cohen December 2, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Those of us who love our mother (earth) and its amazing flora and fauna must continue to stand up and speak out. With your blog Mia, you continue to educate on the beautiful, delicate balance of nature. Thank you!

  12. Liz Cormack December 2, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I totally agree with you & Esther. I hope that the youth of today who talk of climate change will not change their attitudes as they grow older. Then maybe, just maybe, our home will have a chance.

  13. Esther Iglich December 2, 2016 at 7:13 am

    After having taught ecology and environmental concerns for over 30 years, I sense our youth have a better understanding and respect for the environment. Unfortunately too many of our current political leaders and their followers don’t. How these individuals can so willfully ignore the global changes occurring confounds and depresses me.

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