Earth Day 2012: Environmental Myths & Facts

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” -Mahatma Gandhi

These times we are in can be confusing because so much information is at our fingertips any time we want it. There are endless articles with an almost endless number of different views and opinions in an almost endless number of places. The more we learn, the more we realize we don’t know and many of us still have questions.

  • Are we overpopulated or not?
  • Is scarcity real or are we just being scared?
  • Can the world population fit into the state of Texas or not?
  • Are our beliefs based on environmental myths or facts?
  • Is climate change caused by nature, humans or both?
  • Was that animal headed for extinction anyway?
  • Are the oceans really over-fished or not?
  • Are the forests in decline or not? If so, which ones?
  • What happened to that hole in the ozone?
  • Who are the environmental scientists really working for?
  • What is true and how do I know?

No matter where you fall in the debate, no matter what scientific evidence is presented, we believe it is extremely important to conserve and protect those things our planet has to offer.

It doesn’t mean the answers to those questions aren’t important, it means an environmentally friendly way of life should be the standard even if our resources are abundant. It is the only way to make sure they stay that way.

Humans are not the only life form on the earth but because of our power to radically change the face of the planet, it becomes our responsibility to do everything we can to protect it and to ensure future generations of the same abundance all previous generations enjoyed.

Environmental gluttony is something to avoid – do your best not to consume more than you can use. We must make sure there is enough to go around and figure out a way to get it to those who need it. Not only for humans but for all life on earth, every creature deserves it’s own place to live and food to eat.

Live simply so others may simply live.” -Mother Teresa

If you are deciding whether or not it is worth your time and effort to help conserve resources, the answer is yes, it most certainly is. For example, We love seafood but we rarely eat it because we don’t want to contribute to it’s decline. When we do eat seafood, it is a treat and not something we take for granted.

On Earth Day, April 22, 2012, make the decision to protect and conserve any way you can, big or small, because it all makes a difference. The state of the world depends on us.

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