I, for one, am trying not to get upset. You know, I really could discuss any number of issues–the water shortage, the e-waste we dump into other countries, the food crisis, the desecration of fundamental ecosystems, the threat to honey bees, the disgusting amount of food we simply throw away each and every day–but you’ve heard it all before.
Today would be a good day to actually think about it. But, hey, if you don’t want to…that’s fine. You will definitely have to sometime.
I don’t want to be a cynic, but I don’t have anything overly hopeful to say today. Earth day isn’t even trending on twitter. We go insane on Christmas, Halloween and Valentines day. Even St. Patricks day (which most people just see as an excuse to get loaded on green beer) gets more attention that the one measley day on which we’re supposed to think about the living system that supports and endures us.
Since I don’t know quite know how to express what I’m feeling, I suppose I will just post some quotations by others who have said it better. Feel free to leave some of your favourites in the comments section.
Happy Earth Day, Earthlings.
POINTS TO PONDER ON EARTH DAY
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb
Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress. ~John Clapham, A Concise Economic History of Britain, 1957
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. ~Elwyn Brooks White, Essays of E.B. White, 1977
In America today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops. ~Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness, 1971
I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun’s energy…. If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago. ~Sir George Porter, quoted in The Observer, 26 August 1973
The packaging for a microwavable “microwave” dinner is programmed for a shelf life of maybe six months, a cook time of two minutes and a landfill dead-time of centuries. ~David Wann, Buzzworm, November 1990
The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men’s apples and head their cabbages. ~Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, États et empires de la lune, 1656
Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~Cree Indian Proverb
It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. ~W. Edwards Deming