Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day!

I remember my first Earth Day. I was in junior high school so maybe I was 13. At the time I thought a celebration in our school's auditorium ( Unami Junior High ) was a pretty cool way to get out of classes but I also remember feeling at the time that things had to change; that we could not continue on the ways things were. I had no idea that over the years our wastefulness and destruction of our planet would be getting worse, far worse. In the 1970's I remember in science class with Mr. Haines, that scientists were worried about the coming ice age. I lived in a semi conscious state of fear thinking that at any moment we would be the next great wooly mammoths and disappear in the blink of an eye. I have been no angel over the years, wasting my fair share of resources and not always recycling. And now as scientists discuss the coming global warming; I still live in a slight state of fear. I will do what I can on a daily basis however small or big to conserve,to recycle but I worry also as to what kind of place we are leaving for our children and their children and so on. Will I make a difference? Will my community? We will disappear like the Mayans and wooly mammoths into a great void of mystery? What is to become of all of us if we do not change?

We must care about each other and the planet we call home.

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