It’s your day, Earth. We set one day aside to honor you – kind of like Mother’s, or Father’s, Day. I can only speak for mothers, but I know most of us work hard all year, but it’s one day for special notice.
And like the aforementioned days for recognition, you’re pretty much taken for granted the rest of the year, Earth. We trust there’ll be breathable air, livable land, and drinkable water every day – no matter what we do to you.
But more people, who wouldn’t call themselves tree-huggers or hippies, are waking up to the Earth’s needs – regardless of motivation.
Lots of trees were planted today, and many people cleaned up road and river ways in your honor, Earth. Children danced and sang, wrote stories and poems, painted pictures, and marched in parades.
But what happens tomorrow? Making every day Earth day is a significant challenge, and I am as bad as anyone because I drive, and use electricity, and eat, and breathe, and use unsustainable goods.
How do I change – impoverished me, who can’t go buy a hybrid vehicle, build a ‘green’ home, has no regular public transportation, and deals with chronic pain among other issues, making biking or walking everywhere unrealistic?
I suppose my carbon footprint is less by virtue of my poverty, but if I were wealthy, would I care? I hope so, but I absolutely would do more if I gain wealth in my life.
I’m grateful for others’ creativity – those addressing problems of our industrialized world: industrial and agricultural pollution, rubbish, mindless consumerism, etc.
Cows are one of the major methane producers, and I wonder if an enzyme could be put into their feed to reduce their gas emissions, much like Bean-o does for humans. There has to be solutions to help us and Earth without going back to being hunter/gatherers. I have no interest in beating my clothes against a rock in the local brook to clean them. I don’t think life has to get harder to get better for all of us.
Maybe oil-based materials and products will use new substances, known, or as yet undiscovered, that won’t require oil, coal, tar, or other noxious materials to create or operate. ‘Plastic’ can be made from plant fibers, for instance, that will degrade without as much damage to the world as current plastics are.
There are many smart, driven, compassionate, and caring people who can tackle these issues, but government needs to provide funds for success much like it did with the space program – a program now focused on getting humanity off this polluted world rather than solving pollution issues.
Maybe humanity screwed up other planets in the solar system a long time ago, and luckily found a livable planet here, but pretty much directly started destroying it…
My father thought we were the scourge of the universe and ours is a penitentiary planet – keeping us from serious interstellar harm. I think we’re an immature species, smart enough to get ourselves in real trouble, but not insightful enough to stop ourselves. So, until that happy day when we’re mature, we suffer the consequences of our actions rather than celebrate how far we’ve come.
Who knows how long I’ll live, but I could reasonably live another forty or fifty years – and I’d like to use whatever time left giving back to this beautiful blue interstellar marble, and do my best to decrease my destructive tendencies and do more good than harm.
Regardless, I wish all a beautiful Earth day, and hope it will carry all through the year.
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