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Posted on May 10, 2019 by Christine Crosby in jack levine, Mother Earth, mother's day, nature

Protecting Nature: A Mother’s Day Trust

Protecting Nature: A Mother’s Day Trust


As we celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday May 12th…either in person or through memory…please reflect with me for a few minutes on how vital the link is between the generations…a connection that transcends unique cultural, racial or ethnic differences and has implications for our collective futures.

“You can’t fool Mother Nature” is a phrase which is both timely and telling.  Mother Earth is, and will always be, a source of sustenance if we are to survive. 

In Native American culture, reflective of many ancient religious beliefs, the Earth and Nature is symbolic of the Mother.  In fact, the word  “Nature” comes from the Latin for “birth.”

Please contemplate this reality. Every one of us is addicted to our lifestyle. The convenience of hopping in the car, enjoying temperature control for cooling and heating, and all the many ways we find to spend our time and acquire items which depend upon fossil fuel for production.

So what does this have to do with Mother’s Day?  From my perspective, everything.

“You can’t fool Mother Nature” is a phrase which is both timely and telling.  Mother Earth is, and will always be, a source of sustenance if we are to survive.

Every offense we direct at the health of our planet has the potential of a haunting result…for our species and all the others which are subject to our actions.

Let’s resolve to protect, preserve and promote a healthy regard for our natural world.  Let’s reduce consumption, recycle, and reuse as much as possible.

We humans are unique.  We are the only one among all the species that has the ability to learn our past, have spiritual thoughts, and possess the capacity to plan our future.

All others are totally reliant on instinct for survival and live only for the day…..we have another set of skills….special gifts worth unwrapping each day.

MOTHER'SHow we use these gifts of knowledge, spirit and foresight is up to us. In an ancient Native American chant we read:

Treat the Earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
We borrow it from our children.

Despite the busy days which consume our time and attention, please agree to take just a few minutes’ respite to contemplate the impact of our actions…on ourselves, on those who rely upon us for caring and nurturance…on our spiritual being, and upon Mother Earth, who gives life but needs our protection and love…on Mother’s Day and every day.



During my 35-plus year professional life I’ve learned that progress is not achieved by intention alone. Strategic advocacy is the only way wrongs can be righted and ideas can be transformed into action. All of our voices and votes are needed, and support of advocacy organizations is vital to assure your perspectives are represented.  As examples to our children and grandchildren, let’s commit to be ardent and effective advocates.

MOTHER'SJack Levine, Founder

4Generations Institute

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Christine Crosby

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Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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