Today, Ash Wednesday, is the holiest day for dust
Today is the one day of the year when dust is venerated for the life that it represents. Hundreds of millions of people around the world today are proudly wearing a smudge of holy dust on their foreheads as a symbol of faith that all we are is of dust and that our dust will one day return to nourish life on this blue planet. Few people know just how true this story of dust really is for dust. Dust is the yin to the rain, the yang, of the planet. Without rain life on Earth dries up and dies, without dust life in Oceans perishes.
So think when you see that smudge of dust that it is more than a token symbol.
Ash Wednesday, begins the first day of Lent and signals the approach of Easter. Here are a few things to know about the day. It marks first of 40 days of Lent, a time dedicated to reflection, prayer and preparation for Easter. Lent ends on Holy Thursday, the fifth day of Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter) that marks the Last Supper.
The dust of Ash Wednesday derives its symbolism from the bible Genesis 3:19: Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
Today on this special Wednesday, you might pause to daub some dust on your forehead, take a deep breath and step outside, show to the world, that for you that dust is on the face of a person with hope.
How about taking a new path and give up something limiting for Lent. Take your pick: Fear. Pessimism. Cynicism. Self-doubt. Self-consciousness. This new path is open to you if you only have the courage to choose it with a tiny bit of holy dust to save the world’s oceans.
Here’s how dust works miracles on this planet.
More grass growing means less dust blowing.
There is a yin and yang to the life of plants on this planet. Our planet has two basic regimes, that of land and that of water.
The plants on land have all of the minerals they need, they are stuck in it, in the dirt.
And the plants in the oceans have all of the water they need, they are stuck in it, in the water.
So here is how Nature doles out her favours. For the plants on land water evaporates out of the oceans and blows in the wind. Often those water carrying winds release that water as rain which sustains plants on land. That’s the Yin of Nature.
For the plants in the ocean the lands give up dust dirt that blows in the wind and this dust carries the mineral nutrients the plants of the ocean need. When some of that dust falls on the oceans it sustains life in those ocean plants. That’s the Yang of Nature.
It could not be more simple. Plants on land must share what they have in abundance with plants in the oceans and vice a versa. Nature’s ultimate Yin Yang.
So here’s how to mess this wonderful balance of Nature up. We have been burning fossil fuels for a century and a half. All of that fossil carbon, coal, oil, natural gas has turned into CO2, carbon dioxide. SO WHAT you say plants live off carbon dioxide, minerals, water, and sunlight… we are doing plant life a giant favour be feeding them more CO2. Indeed from the perspective of a terrestrial life form this is true, more CO2 is helping our land plants grow better, bushier, and more abundant and do you know what we call this?
We call it GOOD GROUND COVER! You know plants that cover the ground, protect the soil from being eroded as in perhaps blowing away in the wind.
Well if you are an ocean life form you are now screaming.
OH NO DON”T DO THAT! WE NEED THAT DUST IN THE WIND!
So what is happening by making plants on land grow better is we are killing off plant life in the oceans by making them die of DIRST, you know just like dying of THIRST.
And this is indeed what we’ve been seeing in the last 30 years and more. Thirty years, because that is the time since we put satellites into earth orbit that are able to look down on the vastness of the planets oceans and measure the amount of plant life growing there, or rather dying there.
We now know some terrible news. The high and rising CO2 in our atmosphere is growing lots of ground cover the world around. That ground cover is working a miracle on land and preventing vital mineral dust from blowing in the wind. In each and every five years since we started watching closely in the 1980’s we have seen and measured a terrible loss of ocean plant life, the ocean pastures and their phytoplankton in an amount that is the same as if we had clear-cut an entire Amazon Rainforest worth of plants on land every five years. That’s more rainforest gone than has ever existed in human history.
This catastrophic loss of ocean pasture plant life, the plankton blooms is the most desperate news on this blue planet.
But here’s the good news.
The ocean pastures are so resilient they will come back to health in a single season with a very little help from us. All they need is a little dust, in the wind or from our loving human hands. My project and a volcano has proven this beyond any shadow of doubt. Without us, human mitigation of the problem we have caused, the ocean pastures will continue to die. With a little of our help, the sort of help that a 60 something grandfather and a bunch of wild Indians from a tiny village can give back to Nature what we, and our brothers and sisters, have taken away.
If we give back to Nature and help her heal she will give back to us.
Here’s how the holy dust I gave back to the ocean in turn fed millions of hungry children in need. Teaching about dust and fish will feed the multitudes.
Replenishing the dust we have denied the ocean pastures and in doing so restoring those pastures to the condition of health and abundance they and we enjoyed a century ago is immediately available to humankind. The cost to do restore 100 ocean paastures and put billions of additional fish on the plates of hungry people around the world is dirt cheap! Mere millions each year nothing like the hundreds of billions being spent on climate change and global warming, not even 1% of that cost.
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