June 2021 Desktop Wallpaper

Joni Mitchell’s Timeless Environmental Anthem + June 2021 Free Calendar Wallpapers Illustrated – Apple Tree & Chickadees

When Joni Mitchell penned the lyrics of Big yellow taxi” – a song that went on to become popular culture’s environmental anthem for decades to come, even World Environment Day (June 5) had not started as an annual event.

When she wrote the song, the nine times Grammy award winner singer-songwriter was on her first time trip to Hawaii in the year 1967-68. Recalling her inspiring moments in Hawaii, she said –

I arrived there at 11 o’clock at night and the next morning I ran to the window and threw back the curtains and sure enough, there it was, paradise, you know, green, lush hills, old Sugarloaf Mountain up there, white birds flying low, Myna birds all over the place, and, right in the middle of it all, was a big parking lot [laughing].

So I wrote this little rock and roll song to commemorate the occasion.

When it first came out, it was a regional hit in Hawaii because people there realized their paradise was being chewed up. It took 20 years for that song to sink into people most other places. That is a powerful little song because there have been cases in a couple of cities of parking lots being torn up and turned into parks because of it – she said.

Almost half a century later, unfortunately, the words of the song are as relevant a call for conservation as they were then. After all, we are still going on paving the paradise and putting up a parking lot on it. 

The following sweetest lines also feature in the song and are the inspiration for my latest art – Apple Tree & Chickadees

Hey farmer farmer —
Put away the DDT
Give me spots on my apples,
but leave me the birds and the bees. Please!

In case you didn’t know, DDT is a persistent organochlorine pesticide that causes serious harm to birds and pollinators. The chemical has not been used in the United States since 1972 but is still used in several other areas of the world. Today, chemical industries are churning out new kinds of Neonicotinoids and Pesticides every day, that continue to threaten these defenseless lives in nature and we constantly come across stories about decreasing bee populations and household birds getting extinct.

The heartfelt, beautiful stanza above brought to me a nostalgia about a forgotten, brief time of my life as a small kid when much fewer stops were involved in our food’s journey from a farm to our home. I faintly remember my grandmother advising everyone to pick up an apple with birds’ bite marks on it, because that was the surest indication of that particular apple being the sweetest of the bunch! No one had to look for organic produce, because, most of it was nothing but that, organic, by default.

That was to be changed even before I could grow up enough to grasp the depth and meaning of her wisdom and appreciate the bliss of eating those fruits. The “bird approved”, stained, wild, and imperfect looking fruits were soon to be replaced by “organic approved”, polished and perfect looking ones, and would never be that sweet again.

Can’t we once again dream of a pure and benevolent planet when an apple tree was shared and enjoyed fearlessly by all – Birds, Bees, Us?

Check out my June 2021 calendar wallpapers for your desktop, smartphone & printable planner designed with my surface patternApple Tree & Chickadees!

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6 Responses

  1. Ida

    Hi! I just subscribed and I haven’t recieved the June calendar background yet – is it because I subscribed after the last day of May?

    • Gyaneshwari Dave

      Hi Ida!

      As per what I see on my records, you received the email on May 31, 7:47 ET.

      I would suggest you check the “Promotions” tab of your Gmail, sometimes it lands up there.

      This should help, if you still don’t find it, kindly let me know!

      Have a great month ahead… :)

      P.S: It doesn’t matter on which day you subscribe, you get the Freebies for the current month immediately.

  2. victoria

    Hiii! when will the June background be sent in the email?

    • Gyaneshwari Dave

      Hi Victoria!

      You are already a subscriber, don’t worry, you will get the Monthly Freebies email just as you regularly do.
      So, you will get the June Freebies email on 31st May, which is tomorrow! :)

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Have a great June! :)

  3. Abbas Hitawala

    Loved the article – strong message – in all ages to come – and for all ages to come. Love nature, cherish the paradise.

    • Gyaneshwari Dave

      Thank you Abbas!

      That’s so true.

      Yes, it’s high time we start valuing this paradise. Anyways it’s so easy to fall in love with it. If only we paid attention. 🌿🌳

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