Monday, April 22, 2019
Dr. Bob facilitated an Earth Day Drum Circle at the Noxubee Refuge on Saturday, April 20th. Earth Day (April 22), as part of the modern environmental movement, officially began in 1970. The theme for Earth Day 2019 is “Protect Our Endangered Species.” All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species. Numerous composers have contributed songs in support of the environment. Cat Stevens kicked off his 1970 “Tea for the Tillerman” album by questioning the toll taken by over-development on the natural world. In the chorus, Stevens asked if society is losing more than it’s gaining in the name of progress: “I know we've come a long way, We're changing day to day, But tell me, where do the children play?” An appropriate quote for Earth Day comes from “Big Yellow Taxi” on Joni Mitchell’s 1970 “Ladies of the Canyon” album: “Don't it always seem to go, That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone, They paved paradise, And they put up a parking lot.” The Earth Day drum circle at the refuge was arranged by Joe Mulrooney with promotional support by Friends of The Refuge Kara Roberts and Bonnie Renfroe.