ILS Chair’s News & Notes

Dear ILS Members,

Gazette Day is upon us once again. However, there is a different day I want to talk about. Yesterday, was Earth Day. Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues. It is now a global celebration concentrating on the environment, climate change, pollution and other such issues. In Carl Sagan’s book “Pale Blue Dot”, where a photo showing Earth as a dot in a sunbeam, taken by Voyager 1 in 1990 from almost 4 billion miles away, seen here,

Sagan explains, “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”

As we reflect on Earth Day, let’s consider the importance of the Rule of Law in protecting the rights, hopes and dreams of everyone who inhabits the Pale Blue Dot. How it ensures social and political stability, prevents arbitrary decisions, promotes certainty in business relations, and in relations between nations. How important the Rule of Law is to ensure a peaceful world, where human dignity is sacrosanct. Let’s all include the Rule of Law in all future Earth Day celebrations, celebrating living on the Pale Blue Dot.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely yours,

Robert J. Becerra