Earth To Us All

Reading around the web, I discovered that today is Earth Day. I guess the goal of this day is to highlight the necessity of going the distance to help preserve what’s left of this planet that has seen so many humans come ago, each one of us leaving behind reminders of our existence in our own unique ways. Some of us scar the earth with the debris of our lives: our technological wastes, our fast food containers, our bottles that had once held purified drinking water. Others have scarred the planet with environmental toxins. Yet others have hunted animals of the land and the sea out of existence, while others have killed them off by mercury poisoning and whatever else we can come up with. And all the while, we’ve continued to spill the blood of innocent lives onto the innocent Earth, which welcomes the innocent into it’s dust with open arms.

Is there anything we can do for you, oh Mother Earth? We stomp on you with careless disregard, disfigure your beauty like it’s our right, and only freak out when your disfigurement is about to impact us directly. Now we care, you see, because our climate is messed up: it’s boiling hot for a few days, then chills out to the levels of late fall for a week, then it feels like spring for a couple of days. Our fruit trees in our backyard are really confused, and have no idea whether to blossom, give fruit, ripen the fruit, or abandon the whole sorry exercise altogether. We walk into the supermarket to buy fish, and have to think twice for wondering which fish species is less likely to have lived and died through mercury poisoning. We want to water our lawns, but just received a notice from the Department of Water and Power telling us that we who are living in Drought Central may continue to seek the greenest grass, so long as we’re aware that the water bill will be sky high. Then we get into our cars, go to fill up gas, and the price at the pump is enough to motivate us to purchase a hybrid vehicle that can give us 4o miles to the gallon. You could say that we’ll be paying green to go green.

All of this is very trying to us as noble, civilized, advanced human beings.  But, at least we can pretend we’re doing it for you, Mother Earth. Even though you know the truth: we’re in it for ourselves. And not a moment too soon, either.

Happy Earth Day! Except that it’s going to take more than a day to fix up what we’ve done. Do what you can to save the Earth. Save water, cut down on usage of electricity, grow things in your garden that are good for birds, bees, and butterflies, and carpool or use mass transit as much as possible.  Coz when Earth is clean, we’re going to have start cleaning up outer space. Yes, we’ve already made a mess up there!

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10 Responses to Earth To Us All

  1. BuJassem says:

    Good post, good stand.
    However, in my humble opinion, I believe our world population today is probably equal to the total population since Adam’s time.

    If not today ya3ni maybe by 2050.

    So, 2009 = 6,770,000,000 people

    From time zero to 2009 = less than 6 billion, cumulative population.

    Just to give you an idea, here are the total world populations at various years:

    1750: 791m
    1800: 978m
    1850: 1262m
    1900: 1650m
    1950: 2521m

    The sum of all these populations in the last 3 centuries = 7202 million, which is not far from our current levels.

    This means that our population today is roughly the same as the population (births – deaths) in the total 260 years!

    Scary eh?

    First let’s control our numbers, then let’s control our depletion of the earth’s resources…

    وينك يا استدامة؟؟؟

  2. BuJassem says:

    by the way, wiki says this : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_population

    so perhaps i was a bit wrong, but then again it’s wiki!!! they are not always right, but it’s right to think about where we are going with population!

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    In the 1970s it was popular to believe that 75% of all the people who had ever lived were alive in the 1970s, which would have put the total number of people who ever lived as of the 1970s as less than the current number of people alive today. This view was eventually debunked as a myth.[53] A more recent estimate of the total number of people who have ever lived was prepared by Carl Haub of the Population Reference Bureau in 1995 and subsequently updated in 2002; the updated figure was approximately 106 billion.[54][55] Haub characterized this figure as an estimate which required “selecting population sizes for different points from antiquity to the present and applying assumed birth rates to each period”.[55] Given an estimated global population of 6.2 billion in 2002, it could be inferred that about 6% of all people who had ever existed were alive in 2002.[54]

    Other estimates of the total number of people who have ever lived range approximately from 45 billion to 125 billion, with the more robust of these falling in the 90–110 billion range.[citation needed] It is difficult to estimate for the following reasons:[citation needed]

    * The set of specific characteristics which define a human being and distinguish early Homo sapiens from earlier or related species continues to be a subject of intense research and debate. It is thus not possible to know when to begin the count, nor which hominids to include. See in this regard also Sorites paradox.
    * Even if the scientific community reached wide consensus regarding which characteristics distinguished human beings, it would be nearly impossible to pinpoint the time of their first appearance to even the nearest millennium because the fossil record is simply too sparse. Only a few thousand fossils of early humans have been found, most no bigger than a tooth or a knucklebone. These bone fragments are used to extrapolate the population distribution of millions of early human beings spread across the continents.
    * Robust statistical data only exist for the last two or three centuries. Until the late 18th century, few nations, kingdoms, or empires had ever performed an accurate census. In many early attempts, the focus was on counting merely a subset of the people for purposes of taxation or military service.[citation needed] All claims of population sizes preceding the 18th century are estimates, and thus the margin of error for the total number of humans who have ever lived should be in the billions, or even tens of billions of people.

  3. mems says:

    This is just so…scary. What is the end we are carving out for ourselves and future generations??

  4. realistic bird says:

    Yes poor mother Earth I have no idea how she stands us. How intelligent is a being that kills its source of survival?

    Great post sis! 🙂

  5. BuJassem, That wiki entry actually sounds pretty solid (although being wiki, it’s still to be taken with a huge grain of sand). Either 7 billion (your calculation) or 110 billion (wiki average), that is a lot of humans leaving souvenirs behind. I wonder if previous generations had felt they were doing as much damage as our current generations are doing and seeing? As per over-population, I heard someone say once upon a time, that it’s not that the world is over-populated, it’s that we have way too many lazy and greedy people. And when you think about it, it’s so true: there are vast areas of land that lay fallow, going to waste, amazing amounts of human energy and natural resources poured into things that are so futile, when we could be doing better things. Instead of turning land into battlefields, and resources into weapons, we could just as easily (or more easily) make so lands fertile with the resources and simple human effort. And there are a million more examples we could come up with…

    mems, I guess we are giving our future generations something to think about. 😦 And a whole heck of a lot of clean-up to do!

    realistic bird, Seriously, she needs to slap us around a bit. Oh wait…she does, with the weird weather patterns, and the rising ocean levels. Clearly, like with all mothers, she needs to do more to get our attention (not looking forward to that, though)! Hopefully, we wake up before she does something horrible to us. Thank you! *wub*

  6. BuJassem says:

    Salam D.N.

    I think wiki is a bunch of random facts that are more akin to fiction.. BUT… i checked the reference on that article, and it came from various UN reports.. so I guess there is a backbone for truth in it.

    or rather, there is less motive for the wiki authors to lie.

    as for the total number of souls here on earth.. i don’t like the fact that we’re over populated.. if we managed our resources sustainably and lived without war then trust me there is MORE than enough water and land to take us all.. but no.. we have to act like stupidos.. that’s my 2 cents

    yalla. i hope some good comes out of this.. any future war generals reading this blog, please take heed!

    any future peace negotiators.. you got your work cut out!

  7. Wasalaam, BuJassem 🙂 Thanks for checking out the wiki sources! I didn’t get that far.

    I wonder what a future war general is thinking while reading this 🙂 Speak up, whoever is aspiring to that career! As for peace negotiators, I think there might be a few lurking…one thing for sure, they have a certain amount of job security.

  8. BuJassem says:

    dear D.N.,
    good mornings,
    btw, places like wiki are only as good as their references. and to publish anything respectable you need to have solid references, including stuff online on wiki. but sometimes what they can control is opinion not fact, which is why i don’t like wiki too much.
    if you’ve been through the academic tertiary system you’ll know that you cannot publish anything, even internally, without suitable references..
    have a top day.

  9. BuJassem says:

    hmmm don’t think my first comment today was published… let me try with this..

  10. BuJassem says:

    oops, it is confirmed.. anyway i was just commenting earlier about references.. and how you need references for anything publishable.. including wikipedia.

    have a nice day

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