I live on Earth, so I've got a personal stake in keeping the planet habitable. I also remember the first Earth Day, back in 1970.
It was groovy.
I felt groovy about it.
It was a groovy period.
Forty years later:
- We didn't die in the food riots
- Which didn't happen
- America's average life expectancy is well over 42
- America's population is well over 22,000,000
Devoted followers of the butterfly expert who made himself famous for making those predictions are undaunted, however.
Now that the memo is getting around, that it's the distribution of food that's whack in many parts of the world - not the supply, we're all gonna die from global warming. Global starvation is so passe.
Me? I think waste is a bad idea. That's one lesson I learned from my parents: a legacy of, in part, the Great Depression. I also think that it's stupid to dump raw sewage into rivers. But I also don't expect life on Earth to be constant, unchanging, always the same as years turn to decades, decades to centuries, centuries to millennia. Life, in one form or another, has been around for hundreds of millions of years. Quite a lot has changed in that time.
So, I'm not concerned at the possibility that Earth's ecosystem isn't exactly the same as it was in, say, 1800. Or, for that matter, that trilobites died out.
That said, I think koalas and pandas are cute. It'd be a shame if either species died out. But I think that, sad as the situation might be: If there were no more koalas, life on Earth would go on.
Earth Day's still with us, and overheated minds are warning the rest of us about the perfidies of Japan against Mother Nature: and, of course, global warming.