Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Earth Day

On April 22, 1970, 20 million people across America celebrated the first Earth Day. Now Earth Day is celebrated annually around the world. Through the combined efforts of the U.S. government, grassroots organizations, and citizens like you, what started as a day of national environmental recognition has evolved into a world-wide campaign to protect our global environment. Learn about the history of Earth Day.

Learn about the many tips and fun ways to protect the
environment and your health every day.

At home
Learn about simple things you can do around your home to
reduce the environmental impacts of your everyday activities.
There is information on how to recycle, conserve resources,
avoid toxins, and practice environmentally responsible

In your community
Learn how to protect your neighborhood's natural resources.

At work
Learn how you and your employer can protect the environment,
save money and create a healthy workplace

While shopping
Buying a new car or home appliance? Now you can access helpful
information on how to choose models that will reduce pollution,
save energy and money.

The following was put together as a warning of a possible
scenario if we do not take care of our environment.
Food for thought really..........

This is the year 2070

I have just turned 50, but I look and feel 85. I suffer from serious kidney problems because I do not drink enough water. I'm afraid I do not have much time
left to live. I am one of the oldest people in this society.

I remember when I was a child of 5. Everything was very different. There were lots of trees in the parks, houses with beautiful gardens, and I could enjoy having a shower for half an hour.  Nowadays, we use towels with mineral oil to clean our skin.

Before, women had beautiful hair.
Now, we have to shave our heads to keep them clean without the use of water. Then, my father washed his car with water coming out of a hosepipe. Now, my son does not believe that water could be wasted that way.

I remember there were SAVE WATER warnings on outdoor posters, radio and TV, but nobody paid attention. We thought that water was to last forever. Now, all the rivers, lakes, dams and underground water beds are either dry or contaminated.

Industry came to a standstill, unemployment is sky high. Desalination plants are the main source of employment and workers receive part of their salary in drinkable water.

Assaults on the streets for a can of water are very common.
Food is 80% synthetic.

Before, it was recommended an adult drinks 8 glasses a day.
Nowadays, I am only allowed half a glass.
We now have to wear disposable clothing,
and this increases the amount of litter.
We are using septic tanks,
because the sewerage system does not work for lack of water.

All the people look horrible: wrinkled due to dehydration, full of sores caused by ultra violet radiation, as the ozone layer is almost gone. Skin cancer, gastrointestinal infections and of the urinary tracts are the main causes of death.

Due to the excessive drying of the skin young people of 20 look like 40. Scientists have no solution to the problem.
Water cannot be produced, oxygen is not sufficient due to the lack of trees and vegetation, and the intellectual capacity of the younger generations is severely impaired.

The morphology of spermatozoa in many men has changed.
As a consequence, babies are born with deficiencies, mutations and physical deformities.

The average life expectancy is 35 years.

Water became a very coveted treasure.
Any green zones crossed by rivers are guarded by armed soldiers.

Where I live, there are no trees, because it seldom rains.
If it does, it is acid rain.
We were warned to look after the environment, but nobody cared.

I tell my son about the green fields,
the beautiful flowers, the rain, how we swam and fish in the rivers and dams, drinking all the water we could, and how healthy people were.

He asks: "Daddy, why is there no water?"

Was I guilty ?
My generation destroyed the environment.
We did not heed the warning signs.

Now our children pay a very high price!

Soon, I think, life on earth will not be possible, as the destruction of nature has reached an irreversible stage.

How I would like to go back and make mankind understand…
...that we still had time to save our Planet Earth.


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  1. Some of this is true... some a bit stretched.. but whatever it is, moderation is important.

  2. Yeah, exaggeration personified. Agree, moderation is important.

    Personally, I don't think the world will come to an end due to environmental issues. If ever, the world would end because of a meteor strike or a plague or human-induced warfare that is so devastating that everyone is wiped out due to nuclear fallout. Morbid!

  3. In a contest between good and evil, if good "compromises", then evil wins.

    We love - no are adicted to - our modern life styles. We don't want to hear about or know what that does to the rest of the world.

    We are in very deep doo doo already with regard to the ability of the planet to sustain us. I am pessimistic about the prospects for human kind. But the earth will go on, and be just fine, when have passed.

    It is telling that the most crucial post on this blog is sidestepped by everyone (except Robin, who carefully qualifies his words) and me (who was too timid to speak until someone else did). We are all hiding our heads in the sand, aren't we?

  4. Not really, Pandabonium. I just couldn't think of anything meaningful (or moodiful) to add to what has already been said.

    I bit of a stretch, yes, but definitely not a laughing matter.

  5. This is really a big issue and the programme has to be top-driven for it to work. Every country will need to be involved for impact to be felt. Sadly, every country has its own set of priorities and not every one has the environment as its top priority.

    Luckily, there are organizations who are contributing positively to improving the environment. However, as individuals, there is only so much we can do but do we must as every bit counts.