Messing it up!
My son Michael entered first grade about the time this country began to be aware of the environment. The word “ecology” had just entered the lexicon.
Michael came home from school one day with an assignment to make a poster about the environment, and I left him to his own devices. The finished poster had drawings of a few stars, the moon, the sun surround by rays, a fish, a bird in flight, a cat and a banana. All this resulted in a colorful work of art, but it was the words of a six-year-old, meticulously printed, which hit home:
“God created Heaven and Earth. Don’t you mess it up.”
Massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
More and more animals on the endangered species list.
Depleted rain forests.
Natural habitats destroyed.
A glut of medical waste, nuclear waste and unrecycled garbage.
Deadly chemicals in our lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers.
And now this:
“Water gushing into the Pacific Ocean from Japan's damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has radiation levels millions of times above the regulatory limit.”
In 1976, my biology professor was comparing our environmental challenges to a stack of cans at the grocery. One by one, he said, the cans would be removed until the whole stack crumbled.
I raised my hand and asked, “When will the last can be removed?”
“Fifty years ago,” he answered.
Earth isn’t going away. Our hermitage was here eons ago and will be here eons more.
How long before Homo sapiens are added to the endangered species list?
Now, it’s time for some smart ass Republican to call me a “tree hugger.”
PHOTO: NASA's "Blue Marble Earth"
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