Thoughts On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and Covid-19

I don’t know about anyone else, but when I younger and at a certain age, I took my parents for granted. Now that I am nearly 40, I don’t take anything for granted, especially my parents.

I think we could say the same for Mother Earth. She has given humanity everything we could have ever needed to get by. Instead of thanking her by keeping her for future generations, we are killing her.

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Today is also another day in the history books of Covid-19. As millions of us shelter in place in our homes, our front line heroes are doing everything they can to save lives.

As this virus ravages the world and takes countless lives, I can’t help but think that is all goes back to Mother Earth. In response to our careless treatment of her, she is giving back to us twice as hard via Covid-19. If you watch the news as much as I do, there are many talking heads and politicians whose focus is to restart the economy. That is all well and good, but if Earth cannot support life, talking about the economy is a waste of time and breath.

It does not help that you know who is doing everything he can do undermine the EPA.

I don’t know where the balance between keeping the economy alive and saving our planet. I’m not an economist nor am I an expert on the environment. But I do know that unless we stop taking Mother Earth for granted, she will continue to give it back to us twice as hard as we give it to her.

Thoughts On The Scott Pruitt Resigination

Richard Nixon does not have what one would typically call the best track record when it comes to American Presidents. But he did authorize the creation of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the early 1970’s. The goal of the agency is protect the environment for not just this current generation, but for generations to come.

Yesterday, EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigned from his post. Many point to his abuse of power, using tax payer money for expenses that are not related to the position and ethics violations as the reason for the resignation.

While it’s about time that he was ousted as head of the EPA, the troubling fact is that his replacement and former second in command Andrew Wheeler is not exactly a proponent of protecting the environment. The previous positions listed on his resume include working as a lobbyist for the coal industry and as an aide for a Senator who is known for openly rejecting the facts of climate change.

The fact is that climate change is real. While we have to protect the economy and make sure that every American has access to reasonable employment, we should not be doing so at the expense of Mother Earth. If we don’t, we may not have a planet or a country to call home.

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