Today Melanie presents us with her Earth Month edition of Share Your World.
In your opinion, how are we affecting our planet?
Our 4.5 billion year old planet was doing just fine until a few hundred thousand years ago when “modern” Homo sapiens emerged from the muck. And even then, our planet was okay until the Industrial Revolution started screwing things up a few hundred years ago. Now we are rapidly on our way to destroying our home — and our only — planet.
What solutions would you offer to stem the multiple problems we face vis-a-vis the destruction of our planet home?
I’m not an environmental scientist, so I’m not one to propose any far-reaching solutions to save the planet. For what it’s worth, which is not much, I recycle, compost, drive an electric car, and support legislation aimed at keeping our air and waters as clean and pollution free as possible. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s much that I, an individual, can do.
Do you think it’s already too late and we could just do exactly as we’re doing now and things would turn out the very same?
I don’t know. I hope it’s not too late, but all I can do is quote Albert Einstein when he said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
Do you participate in things like “Arbor Day” (a U.S. Holiday dedicated to planting new trees) or Earth Day or Earth Month? Is any of it important in the ‘Big Picture’?
No, not actively, but I have planted ten new trees in my backyard since moving into this house just over two years ago.
What can you personally do to participate in the “Clean Earth” movement?
Support and vote for candidates who believe in enacting and enforcing legislation aimed at cleaning up our environment and stemming the tide of climate change.