Happy Earth Day, everybody! Do something nice for our Mother - I'd suggest flowers. (She likes chocolate, but she's getting pretty, uh, um... ahem... round...)
The organizers of the first Earth Day, back in 1970, were skeptical that our planet would still be hosting life forms by 40 years later. (And they're probably taking credit, since we made it after all.)
Steve Cotton, of the national Earth Day staff (nice gig!): "Environment is the whole system – and the whole system is screwed up. Poverty, racism, imperialism – the whole environment needs changing."
Kenneth Watt, professor of zoology at UC Davis: "... crude oil will be gone in between 24 and 32 years ... at the moment when I say that we’re moving into an ice age, most people say, 'Hah. That types him – you know, he’s nuts.' But ten years from now, things will be weird enough that people will be saying, 'By God, so that’s why it’s snowing in May!'"
Thank goodness that predicted Ice Age didn't materialize!!
Perhaps Mother Earth is more resilient than we give her credit for.
But don't get me wrong - I'm TOTALLY in favor of minimizing our impact on the planet. Ideally it should be something we keep in mind 365 days, and not just one, each year. I'm trying to tread lightly.
Previous Earth Day commentary: 2007, 2008, 2009.
About the illustration: Hopefully you're not offended. I did a web search for pictures of "Mother Earth," and this one was on the AmericanNeoPaganism website.