It’s that time of year when more people than usual pay attention to our fragile planet with Earth Day celebrations worldwide. It seems like an opportune time to point out the myriad of ways Earth is telling us she is not happy. Following are some of the abuses we humans have inflicted recently and the warnings we’ve received in reply.
Abuse – hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”)
Consequence - man-made earthquakes
Consequence – poisoned drinking water
Abuse – Spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico (and many other bodies of water)
Consequence - Seafood with deformities.
Abuse – not working to stop climate change
Consequence - increased insect survival such as the ash beetle that is being seen in areas well north of where it ever inhabited in the past. Ash beetles have destroyed millions of trees and will likely destroy millions more as they migrate north.
Consequence – extreme weather – the most recent being 100 tornadoes in a day.
Consequence - bleaching coral reefs
Consequence - a sinking island nation (Maldives)
Abuse – fresh water pollution
Consequence - mass killings of aquatic life
Consequence - poisoned drinking water
Abuse - unsustainable agricultural practices
Consequence - expanding deserts
Consequence – life-killing massive harmful algal blooms
Abuse – hydroelectric dams
Consequence – decimated food supplies for indigenous populations
Refer to the links for each issue to learn more specifics about all of the problems listed. All of these very serious conditions are created by legal industrial and commercial practices. It doesn’t even take into consideration the myriads of illegal practices that occur globally every day. Since we just don’t seem to be getting the message it is considerably worrisome to ponder what other stern warnings Earth has in store for us and if they will ever get us to amend our ways. It is going to take a global shift in priorities and grassroots commitments on a massive scale. Let’s face it, at this juncture just focusing on Earth one weekend a year isn’t going to cut it if we are looking to really heal the planet. Make every day Earth Day and let your legislator’s know that destructive practices matter to you.