Earth Day: April 22, 2015
Kiki’s Hog-Nosed Bat is arguably the smallest mammal on earth. An adult weighs around 2 grams and is about 1 inch in length. It lives in limestone caves along rivers in Thailand and southeast Burma. After mating near the end of winter the females give birth to one baby, called a pup, in the spring and nurses the baby for up to six months, then teaches it to fly and find food.
The Blue Whale is arguably the largest mammal on earth. The adult weighs around 200 tons and
can be up to 100 feet in length. The heart of a blue whale can weigh as much as a car. After mating, the female cares for her baby, called a calf, for about a year. The baby is born weighing up to 3 tons.
Its first year, the calf subsists on nothing but its mother’s milk and will gain about 200 pounds every day for the first year.
For two such seemingly disparate beings, they share a lot in common.
Both breathe air.
Both are mammals, meaning they give birth to live young.
Both nurse and care for their young.
Both make their home on Planet Earth.
Both are share a common enemy which threatens their existence: Humans.
This fragile, terra-dwelling bat and this majestic, sea-dwelling whale are both supported by the same planet. That’s pretty remarkable when you stop to think about it.
We are stewards of the earth. Every living thing has a consciousness and we are all connected. It is our duty as stewards to be kind, wise, strong and mindful. To treat all living things, ALL. LIVING. THINGS. with respect. In the words of the Dalai Lama: “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
Each breath you take is shared by a thousand different species that live here with you. The rich dark soil you walk on is alive with hundreds upon hundreds of living things, each one attending to its purpose. Each living thing makes a contribution to the whole; who are we to say that one is more worthy than another? That the bee is more valuable than the ant, or that we should treasure the butterfly more than the earthworm?
Make every day Earth Day. Namaste