One of my favorite quotes on this subject comes from a woman by the name of Betty Robinson. She was the first woman to win the 100m dash in 1928, at the age of only 16. Ms. Robinson said, "I don't want to protect the environment. I want to create a world where the environment doesn't need protecting." This is a wonderful, and even a unique, setiment. How much better it would have been to realize this years ago, before the real damage had ever begun. But, as they say, better late than never!
Teaching our children to love and respect their home shouldn't be an extra-curricular subject but one that's as mainstram as the three R's'; reading, 'riting, 'rithmetic and, now, respect. Planet Earth isn't going to get better on her own. She can't take a pill, or do a few push-ups, and make her problems go away. She needs every single one of us...current population and all future populations...to make a commitment to love and respect her. We grow up being taught not to disrespect our mom's. So why should Mother Earth be any different? She may not have a voice with which to scold us,But she shows us, every single day, that she isn't a "happy camper."
Eventually, we all grow up and move away from our childhood home and leave behind the nurturing and support of our mother, but we never leave Mother Earth...until we die. Why, then, would we want to abuse her, to disrespect her, and to cover her with pollutants? We NEED her to care and support us forever! And she can't do that if we don't behave.
Today is about bringing awareness to environmental issues. These issues should be, in my book, at the forefront of every day, not just once a year.
Happy Day Mother Earth!
I hope you get a bit of a break today, and enjoy all the attetion. May you find the coming year(s) to be healthier and less stressful for you.
Irwin (and all your other billions and billions of children, human and not)