Earth – spinning rock on which we ride, or space vehicle we pilot?
Accident species, or are we developers, scavengers, and tourists – using it, wrecking it – before we move on to the next-trending planet?
Worst-case scenario predictors believe we’ve already passed some point of no return, mankind in irreversible inevitable decline.
If we keep thinking about this planet just one-day each year, they are surely right.
Most well-meaning folk try hard. Some, every day.
Once a year – EARTH DAY – corporate hypes, politicians too; pandering day, painted green, espousing baby-step small footprints.
Earth barely notices, or cares.
It spins on, clever mix of self-repairing hardware and software. Floods, evolution, earthquakes. Seasons. Earth works. Well, it did. Then we came along …
We should be thinking Earth days, or Earth Week. Earth month. Earth every day.
Otherwise it’ll surely spin-on a few billion more years without us. Future species or intergalactic explorers will uncover that a civilization of great intelligence – and great stupidity, lived here once. What will their research suggest as the cause of the big human die-off? Mosquito transmitted diseases? Cancer? Nuclear?
Cumulative harmful things need to be addressed with ‘how much more can we toss in the oceans as if they were trash cans?’ The answer is obvious and inevitable – cleaning out more than we put in will reduce that tide …
Self-repairing zippers. Our scratches and cuts heal. Starfish re-grow limbs. But earth is more than fastening systems, skinned knees and wounded starfish. Earth may be self-repairing. Humans? No so much.
Earth is not the problem.
We have the ability to fix ourselves, but will we ever?
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 4C/39F, overcast (with weekend rain predicted – yay!... fingers crossed), refreshing steady north breeze rippling Gusta’s shaggy coat. Quick walk, more later …