Eight years ago, when Jason & I were just starting to become good friends, we volunteered to put away our high school's track equipment at the end of the season.
17-year-old Jason lifted a sheet of plywood off the turf, revealing an underside caked with grass, dirt, and earthworms writhing in confusion*.
*("But April, they don't have brains!" ...Yeah, yeah.)
A teammate approached the plywood to scrape off the dirt with a sharp, glinting shovel. I dramatically threw my 16-year-old self in his path.
"WAAAAIT!!! The WORMS," I pled, as I started plucking them off of the wood.
Jason, who had done a fairly good job of avoiding "politics" & the like in his seventeen years, looked at me with wonder, fascination, and excitement.
"I've never been friends with an Environmentalist before!"
Ohhh, wee Jason.
It was funny then, and it's even funnier now. But to this day, I wonder if I know what being an environmentalist means. Am I one?
I wholeheartedly believe the sentiment, "Man is merely a strand in the web of life. What he does to it, he does to himself."
Combine that with us humans understanding, maybe, 1% of the global ecosystem and our affects on it-- and hoooo, boy, I get a little nervous.
Yet almost no matter what humans do to the planet, even if we make ourselves extinct, other species will adapt and survive. The new world that we've created will go on without us. We will have done it to ourselves, and that's that.
Sometimes, I honestly think: What does it matter if we kill ourselves off or not? If we go extinct, then we won't be around to be sad about it! Why care?
But as I'm typing this (gosh this is going to sound cliche), I hear kids laughing outside. Really little kids, with happy squeaky voices. And they remind me of yet another hippie bumper-sticker quote:
We don't inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
Life is wonderful. Earth is wonderful. For goodness' sake, look at this &*^$ ladybug. WONDERFUL.
|Nature's propaganda at its finest.|
Let's stop poisoning our planet; let's stop poisoning ourselves. We really are, and we really need to knock it off. Let's respect our future generations.
Enjoy celebrating Earth Day tomorrow ♥
P.S. This subject is one of my greatest passions in life. I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on any of the following:
- What's your favorite way to not screw up the planet?
- What's your stance on conservationism?
- What's your favorite way to enjoy nature?
- Did you write an Earth Day post, or enjoy someone else's? What's the link?
Let's have a little hippie convention, amigos.
[ladybug photo cred]
[ladybug photo cred]