Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I Have Never Seen . . .

Note: I'm not a Daily Kos* reader but I serendipitously found my way to a post that prompted me to pause, even with Earth Day already at the forefront of my mind. These thoughts help keep perspective on what Earth Day is all about, and why it shouldn't be restricted to a single day, but constitute a lifetime.

* As Donald Shimoda put it, "I'll quote the truth wherever I find it, thank you."

I have never seen...

  • A bison throw a cigarette butt out a car window
  • A flock of geese rip the top off a mountain
  • A seal cause an oil spill
  • A hippo drive a Hummer off a dealer's lot
  • A lemur leave the faucet dripping
  • A raccoon go out for the evening and leave all the lights in the house on
  • A bobcat fight legislation to lower smokestack emissions
  • A songbird sing "Drill Baby, Drill"
  • A panda dump raw sewage into a river
  • A pride of lions so dependent on oil that they're willing to wage war over it
  • A slug . . . claim that our biggest worry is global cooling
  • A gorilla fail to keep its tires properly inflated
  • A salmon pollute a stream with mercury
  • An elephant claim that his God says it's okay to pillage the world's natural resources willy-nilly because pachyderms are the "chosen ones"
  • A lizard mock public transportation
  • A penguin claim that the melting polar ice caps are no big deal
  • A crocodile think up new ways to go overboard on plastic packaging for portable electronics
  • A Yangtze River dolphin do much of anything lately

Full post is here, on the Daily Kos site.

UPDATED: A Cool Green Science post that came through my reader also warrants inclusion: We Don't Need Earth Day. We Need An Earth Generation. With points like this it's definitely worth a read:
  • We need a generation that doesn’t see natural landscapes and the services they provide as an inexhaustible dumping ground, but builds those services into the financial equations of development and wealth.
  • We need a generation that looks for beauty in grasslands and mountains, not just on LCD screens and netbooks.

Full post is here at Cool Green Science.


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