Posted by: Kath Usitalo | April 22, 2010

Earth Day: What A Wonderful World

April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. I checked the official Earth Day website and a few others, and as far as I can tell the tone is more doom, gloom, and sacrifice than celebration, appreciation, and thankfulness.

But I railed about that in last year’s Earth Day post.

Today, I’m just going to let the song “What A Wonderful World” roll around in my head. Louis Armstrong recorded it in 1968, before there was an official Earth Day:

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom,
for me and for you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue, clouds of white
Bright blessed days, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

The colors of a rainbow, so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands, saying, how do you do
They’re really saying, I love you

I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

Oh, yeah.

If you’re looking for Michigan Earth Day activities this weekend, check with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.


  1. Thanks Kath. Brought a tear to my eye. It IS a wonderful world.

    • I am so glad to know I’m not the only one who tears up at this song!

  2. Lovely–the pictures are a perfect accompaniment to one of my favorite songs.

    • Hey, Lori…and you’ve been traveling this wonderful world. You’re back from Japan today, right?

  3. This is my all time favorite song… thanks for
    posting the words and the accompanying
    beautiful pics. It’s so loverly.

    • I didn’t know it was your fave, Min!

  4. Add me to the list….when my son, Ricky, was 7ish or so – it was his favorite, too! 🙂 As I was coming to work today, daybreak over Keweenaw Bay was shimmery calm and golden….we do, indeed, live in a wondermous world.

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