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Celebrating Earth Day

By Liz Dossa

Earth day was celebrated April 22 on the Mercy campus in Burlingame, CA with the planting of several liquid amber trees that are noted for their beautiful fall foliage. The ceremony began in front of Mercy Convent with Sisters and staff gathered to witness the grounds crew planting the trees on a clear, sunny day. Sister Carmen Rodriguez, Sister Eileen Pazmino, Sister Krista Ramirez, Paula Ruggiero, Liz Dossa, Bettina Romulo , and Maria Palacios read Mary Oliver’s poem “When I Am Among the Trees: in English and Spanish.

The poem read in part:

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
Into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”

Earth day was first recognized in the U.S. in 1970 as a response to an oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA. The ceremony was a reminder of the beauty of the almost 40 acres of the campus which is rich with oaks, pines, and many other varieties of trees, introduced and native, which create a restful atmosphere in the middle of suburban Burlingame. After a tree was planted at Marian Convent, coffee and scones were served.

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  1. Susan Black

    Thank you so much for (1) taking this action to plant beautiful trees on the already beautiful Mercy campus and (2) highlighting the action with Liz Dossa’s article. Earth Day is a reminder that what we do now — for the common good or otherwise — will reverberate for years to come.

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