MARGARET MEAD STATEMENT
It makes me feel very humble to be here today and to realize what this day means, because I have lived long enough to see us come to know that we have only one Earth and to come to know that all the people on this planet are one species.
This was a matter
of hope and of faith before. Not until World War II, when we explored
the whole Earth, its deepest valleys and its highest mountains and looked
everywhere for the people that were there, did we know for certain that
all of us on this planet were one species, human beings. And then as
we began to go into space for the first time, to leave this planet for
the first time, we came to know that not only were we the only people
on this Earth, and all one people, but also that Earth was the only
inhabited planet in the solar system - that we were all alone here,
all alone to be the custodians of life on this Earth.
Earth Day is to
be the first completely international and universal holiday that the
world has ever known. Every other holiday was tied to one place, or
some political or special event. This Day is tied to Earth itself, and
to the place of Earth in the whole solar system.