Click here to see what a Universe Day group in San Francisco did at a previous annual Universe Day. Just like "Earth Day" events, we encourage you to invent your own local awareness celebrations, gatherings, creative partnerships with organizations, educational events, and community events. We dare you to inspire outside-the-box on ways to promote awareness for effectively reducing carbon emissions by using the new universe evolutionary perspective to create a more sustainable planet.
Please send us information about the local Universe Day events that you are creating at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let others know about them.
A rationally compelling environmental ethics is dependent on religion. Ironically, the only way to resolve conundrums regarding science, religion, and morality is to stand environmental ethics on sacred ground. Only when we perceive that the value of the living natural world is grounded in something greater than ourselves, in something other than our human ability to value it, will our rational capacities be satisfied fully that life on earth matters...Even though I consider a religious worldview essential for a compelling environmental ethics -however- most days I am agnostic. Yet I also have deep, effective experiences of the value of people, of our earthly home, of our miraculous kindred relations. These experiences are meaningless in the absence of the sacred, and yet they are as convincing as what I know scientifically. In the final analysis we must choose -either to believe in a fascinating but meaningless universe - or in one congruent with our own experiences of the value of people and place. Choosing is difficult. Yet, I am compelled by my own affective life, my aesthetic preferences, by a few moments in nature that are beyond words, to affirm that it all matters. I am not sure of much, but I am sure of this.
— Bron Taylor
Authors and Luminaries Comments on the Universe for the 3rd Annual Universe Day
Celebrating New Universe Day 2012, Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel R. Primack (http://new-universe.org).
Our 13.7 billion year old universe was shaped by the instant at the beginning of the Big Bang called “cosmic inflation,” during which a quantum sized region grew exponentially, doubling in size again and again and again. The universe exploded by at least 30 orders of magnitude in that tiny fraction of a second to the size of a newborn baby, then abruptly changed at the Big Bang to much slower expansion. At the Big Bang the blueprint for the entire future evolution of our universe on large scales was already in place, created during that wild instant of cosmic inflation.
We are living in the human equivalent of cosmic inflation. The early 21st century is the same kind of dangerous but fertile instant in the life of our evolving species. Humanity’s population and resource use are growing explosively at a completely unsustainable rate, and when this rate of growth ends, as it physically must, the blueprint for possibly millennia into the future will have been largely set. In these final decades that human exponential growth is still going on, those of us who share the planet hold a special power that no one may ever wield again: the power to shape the very long-term future not only of our species but many others. If we do not recognize this special power, it may be lost. The resources and organization we have today may be irretrievable. This pivotal moment will not come again. Now is the season for planting the seeds of a long-lived, sustainable civilization. At 7 billion people we have reached the end of humanity’s adolescence and must stop growing physically and instead grow in other ways, like intelligence, relationships, spirituality, creativity. The discovery of the dark matter/dark energy universe on the truly grand scale, evolving throughout all time, is teaching us right now how to expand our thinking to accurately encompass the very long term. This new kind of time perspective is exactly what the world needs if we’re going to find long-term solutions to global problems.
January 1 is a perfect day just sitting there empty, with no one working, yet no one knowing what the point of the holiday is. This is the ideal day for remembering the source of everything and retelling humanity’s shared origin story. This is the day to appreciate the immensity of time that is embodied in every one of us. We should celebrate humanity’s astonishing good luck -- some would call it grace -- at achieving the breakthroughperspective that scientific cosmology offers while there is still time to explore it and use it. Let’s take time to think about what it means to be part of this universe, and talk about it and share our interpretations with each other. Celebrating New Universe Day on January 1 is something first suggested in our 2006 book, The View from the Center of the Universe. We have so much to celebrate!
Celebrate that Earth is a jewel of the universe. If we protect our planet with a truly long term view, we early 21st century humans could be the beginning of intelligence in the entire future visible universe. Celebrate that we have awakened in time. Celebrate that we who have been born at the turning point have been given what so many generations longed for: we matter to the universe!
New Universe Day is an occasion for rejoicing in this cosmic opportunity, for sharing hopes and ideas, for learning more, and (as people do all over the world on holidays) for eating special foods. As a delicious yet meaningful example, there’s a recipe in The View from the Center of the Universe for a new tradition: build the Double Dark cosmos out of largely chocolate cake (dark energy) and chocolate ice cream (cold dark matter), and then dig in and enjoy it.
A very happy New Universe Day to all!