All of our eggs are in one basket, I have said it before.
We live here, all of us-all-together and we have no place else to go.
The world is a big place and it can take a lot of damage, but the ecosystems we depend on are specialized and fragile. The world itself will survive many things that we individually and our bio-systems collectively cannot.
We are in peril.
We are responsible for the care of this world. It is a sacred obligation, we have been charged with its care by our holy books, and more importantly under the aegis of common sense.
The care of this world is a categorical imperative; if we do not care for it, the world may just shrug us off, or shrug just enough that a calamity will ensue that will alter us forever, changing our cultures, our languages, even our DNA.
There are natural disasters pending, they are built into the structure of the planet, into the thinness of the mantle, caused by the heat emanating from deep within our planet’s core. There are massive volcanoes, and there is continental drift, the geological forces at work in these could easily destroy us all.
If we allow it.
There are calamities heading our way from outer-space, celestial bodies sailing through the void. They are already on a collision course with Earth. There are asteroids and comments that we will collide with us, if we are unable to work cooperatively to change their course, these eventualities will overwhelm us..
These are baked in, such disasters are existential threats.
Foreseeable events also represent opportunities for the advancement of science, and the unification of humanity. Given enough time, it is possible that we could even harness the power of the greatest volcanoes, turn their destructive energies to the benefit of humankind, or move the near Earth objects that threaten us from our path, capture them for their mineral wealth.
We need time, more than that we need a willingness to rise to the challenges.
We face other threats right now, immediate threats, threats of our own making.
We are changing the climate, the planet is warming.
Our oceans are becoming acidic, we are changing their salinity.
We are filling our atmosphere with toxins.
Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising
We are polluting our freshwater lakes, rivers, and streams.
We are losing topsoil, our forests and our coral reefs.
Our stewardship is failing.
We are divided, against each other…by greed which drives a short sighted political mindset, seeking and succeeding at turning people against their long-term interests.
Politicians and their wealthy patrons, silence and undermine our scientists, they cast doubt on any field of inquiry which might lead to a curtailment of their industrial enterprises, or their short-term profits.
They treat the Earth and all of its resources like it is a grab-bag full of goodies, opened for them to plunder, like children with a big stick whacking at a piñata.
Our stewardship is failing.
We are failing.
It is Earth Day 2019, and all of our eggs are in one basket, the basket is fragile, and there is no other.
Earth Day is my Birthday.