Earth Day - Take a Deep Time Walk

Earth Day - Take a Deep Time Walk

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Ending story (The Story of Our World from beginning of time to now in 24 hours—a second chance)

And then, on the stroke of midnight, the people had the world to themselves. For a long while, so far as we know, they were very quiet. All through the morning, and all through the afternoon, they just wandered around in small groups--hunting animals with spears and arrows, sheltering in caves, dressing themselves in skins. At about six o'clock in the evening they began to learn

about seeds and manure and so on, and about how to herd and milk animals. By about half past seven some of them were living in biggish cities. This was mainly in Egypt, North India, and China, and in the countries between.

Moses came and went at about a quarter to nine. Buddha in India, Socrates in Greece, Confucius in China, all came and went together, though they didn't know each other, at about ten past ten. Christ was at half past ten, as also, give or take a minute or so, were the Great Wall of China and Julius Caesar. Mohammed was at eleven.

At around half past eleven there began to be biggish cities in northern Europe. From about a quarter to twelve onwards people went out from these cities, and they began stealing from the rest of the world. They stole America, both North and South, they stole Northern Asia, they stole India, and just after four minutes to midnight they stole Africa. At about two minutes to midnight they had a big war amongst themselves, and then had another big war only 50 seconds later.

During the last minute before midnight these people from Northern Europe were pushed back out of India and Africa, and also back out of many other countries, though not out of North America or Northern Asia, where they had become very settled indeed. Also during this last minute these poeple invented nuclear weapons, they landed on the moon, they were responsible for almost doubling the world's population, they used up more oil and more metal than had been used in all the previous 23 hours 59 minutes put together.

It was now midnight again. The start of a new day.

This Earth Day, we invite you to dwell in the depths of deep time to experience how very ancient our Earth is and learn how life formed over 4.6 billion years.

Deep Time Walk

With the Deep Time Walk App, now available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, you literally walk through 4.6 billion years of Earth’s history over a distance of 4.6km. By walking across

Earth’s timeline, you gain perspective of the immense age of Earth and comprehend humanity place within the vast expanse of time.

During the walk you learn about the evolution of life over the vast stretch of geological time with the latest evidence from geoscience. On the narrated walk, you discover key events from Earth’s evolution, including how the Earth formed from a disc of rocky debris, the formation of the oceans and atmosphere, the appearance of first life - bacteria - then the first nucleated cells, multicellular organisms and eventually us. Along the way, you encounter meteorites, mass extinctions, supercontinents, fossils, fungi, snowball Earth, dinosaurs and much more. A time-contextual glossary is also available at your fingertips to look up about key terms from big history.

The Deep Time Walk experience combines science with humanities to help you understand our common evolutionary history with all life, how very ancient our planet is and the geological impact of humanity. We hope it gives a sense of awe and wonder for our beautiful home and inspires care, reverence and compassion for all life.

"Deep Time Walk CIC” is a social enterprise based in the UK and a partner of Charter for Compassion.

To download the app visit the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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Download the Deep Time Walk on the Apple App Store or Google Play Android Store.

For more information visit www.deeptimewalk.org

Compassion and Appreciation for the Natural World

The theme for the spring exhibit and summer edition of The Compassion Anthology is compassion for the environment and it's a timely one. It's a precarious time for endangered species and the environment, given the current state of the world. We need to do what we can, use our talents, step up and show those hostile to environmentalism and sustainability this idiocy will not be tolerated. The Compassion Anthology invites you to submit to their spring exhibit titled Compassion and Appreciation for the Natural World. Submission fees/donations and 50% of art sales go to the World Wildlife Fund, an organization fighting on the front lines. WWF seeks to educate and help those in business and government make sound decisions regarding natural resources and the environment in general, holding paramount protection of vulnerable species, places, and communities worldwide. Specifically, we are seeking poetry and visual art for the exhibit; you can find the submission guidelines here. The exhibit will be held at the Cabot theater in Beverly, MA from May 17 to May 31 with opening night May 25 from 7 to 9 pm.

We are seeking nature-themed poetry, art, essays, and fiction for the summer edition of the anthology as well. Work accepted into the exhibit is automatically included in the anthology. There is no fee to submit to the anthology, however there is a $10 donation/fee to submit to the exhibit. Please spread the word! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.at the Compassion Anthology.

Support the Charter's Environmental Sector

The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space: a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected. That is our home. ~David Suzuki

Visit the Charter's Environmental Sector. We continue to build resources in this sector and welcome new partners.  If you are concerned about the environment and would like to volunteer in this sector, please contact us. There is much work to do. Help us in one of our latest projects to Re-Green the World in one generation or help set up programs to introduce students world wide to communicating on how to care for the earth.

The Charter continues to need your financial support.  We are primarily a volunteer organization, but we are supporting a number of programs and projects.  Is building a compassionate world worth the price of a cup of coffee each month?  Our new donate page makes it easy to set up a monthly donation--more and more people are doing this and we are so appreciative of knowing we are able to pay our bills and extend a helping hand whenever we can. 

Watch for our next newsletter.  It will be introducing our new Charter Marketplace.  You don't need to wait, you can go there now, see numerous products and services from our partners.  You can even place orders. 

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