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!