Message of the Grand Master about the World Day of Earth 2022
All living animals are limited by their physical characteristics even in the way they move, either flying, running, swimming, jumping or crawling. Among all animals, man is the only one who achieved to create techniques to overcome his natural limitations in order to fly higher and faster than those who fly, to travel with more velocity on the ground than those who run, to dive deeper in the seas than anyone living in the water... and that’s what we call progress.

However, the progress of the Humans was accomplished by destroying many precious ecosystems to exploit the mineral and natural resources of Mother Earth, producing vast amounts of greenhouse gases and taking many living species to the brink of extinction... and to this we call progress.

Modern warfare techniques became so incredibly destructive that all forms of life on earth can be obliterated by atomic bombs capable of destroying our planet several times, as if one time would not be enough...

Indeed, the real progress can never be synonym of aggression or destruction of nature, because we have no Planet B, therefore in the World Day of Mother Earth, the day of the Spring Equinox, we all, Knights and Dames of St. John, must stop for a moment and think about the words of the 19th-century American naturalist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau: “What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on.”

Let’s save the Earth today because tomorrow will be too late.

22nd April 2022