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Rep. John Lewis Honors Earth Day

April 22, 2011
Press Release

“It is a fitting coincidence that this Earth Day falls near the first anniversary of the tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. There is nothing that underscores our need to honor the generosity and the bounty of nature more the natural disasters we witnessed here and around the world in the past two years. They help make it clearer than ever before that the resources of this little planet are not ours to hoard or ours to waste.”

“We must develop tools and mechanisms to preserve its wealth for future generations and leave the land unscorched and unharmed when we take what we may need. It is strange to me that we could learn to swim in the sea like fish, fly in the air like birds, and shoot a rocket to the moon, but we have not learned to live in harmony with each other and in union with this beautiful planet.

“What Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi once said is as appropriate on this celebration of Earth Day as they are on Human Rights Day. “We must learn to live as brothers and sisters or we will perish as fools,” King said. And Gandhi put it another way: “It is either non-violence or non-existence.”

“If we do not use our power, our great intellect, and the vast resources of this country to find sustainable ways to provide energy and to collaborate, instead of dominate over nations who are willing to share their resources with us, then the fate these two humanitarians suggested could be our end. We are one people, one family, and we are the Earth. When we save the planet, we are saving ourselves.”