Earth Day

Today’s Google Doodle for Earth Day is so positive and upbeat and happy. It’s easy, when looking at something to gosh-darned pretty, to be lulled into forgetting that we are still busily polluting our way to rapid self-extinction.

I don’t think the Earth particularly cares if we poison ourselves out of existence. The planet itself will go on just fine, the way it did after that large extinction event some 65 million years ago.

I am sure that after we manage to make this world uninhabitable for our own species, the Earth will come up with some other wondrous and fascinating species to populate itself with. It always does.

Maybe we need to go back to the very first Earth Day poster in 1970 to help jolt ourselves awake. That’s the one where Walt Kelly summed up the problem rather succinctly: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

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