Shed a tear for Mother Earth for the mess we have made of her home. It is her home by the way. Mankind is only one species inhabiting the planet along with millions of other species, that we are supposed to coexist with. Mother Earth entrusted us to take care of her home because supposedly, we are the species of higher intelligence. Perhaps we have become too smart for our own good and for the good of the planet. It is true we have made some incredible technological advancements and we show no signs of slowing down. But has our push for industrial development adversely affected the natural cycles on earth? Are we out of balance? Is pollution, climate change, resource depletion, and habitat destruction out of control? Is it too late to reverse the damage? It can be depressing contemplating the gloomy state of the planet. But awareness is essential for change and change is essential for our survival. Shedding a tear for Mother Earth, shows we care, but helping to clean up the mess, shows we are dedicated caregivers for Mother Earth.
The theme for Earth Day 2019 is Protecting our Species. On April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. Forty-nine years later, Earth Day is now a global event with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries taking part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. The theme for Earth Day 2019 is protecting the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity. Protecting our remaining species is going to take a global commitment, local actions, and an out pouring of love for Mother Earth on Earth Day and every day.
Mother Earth deserves our love because she has provided us with a loving home. Human beings have an inherent will to survive and we will do everything we can to protect the ones we love. Unfortunately, we have not treated Mother Earth as a loved one. But it is not too late. When our perception changes, our appreciation will grow for the loving home she has provided for us. We must do everything we can to protect Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants. It is a matter of life and death for some species and perhaps for us too. We were never meant to dominate earth but to learn to live in harmony with our natural world. The endangered and threatened species desperately need our help now before it is too late. Earth Day inspires us to take the necessary action to protect all species and to help restore the natural cycles on earth. But it will take a concreted global effort to conserve, recycle, reuse, reduce, and to rehabilitate the damaged ecosystems. For the love of Mother Earth, we have a responsibility to act now because our actions will have global implications for future generations of all species.
April 24, 2019
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