Happy Earth Day!

‘Each year, Earth Day-April 22-marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.’

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‘The height of counterculture in the United State, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album , and Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’  War raged in Vietnam and students nationwide overwhelmingly opposed it.’

‘At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans.  Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press.  Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity.  ‘Environment’ was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.’    earthday.org

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Earth Day was founded by bipartisan support from both republicans and democrats.

‘Earth Day had reached into its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.’    earthday.org

I have always had an appreciation for Terra Firma…but I have experienced and increasing love for nature and the environment, since I have retired at the end of 2010.

I heard on NPR, today, that 2018 was the forth warmest year on record.

Now, I was raised in coal country….Southern Illinois!  When I graduated from Eldorado High School…I attempted to obtain a job from one of the many coal companies in our region.

As a young man…all I had to do was to look around and see that my friends who were coal miners had new homes and a new automobile and a new truck that had a fishing boat…attached!

In my, childhood, homes we had coal furnaces or coal stoves.  The Coal Man…delivered coal to our home…on a monthly basis.

When we moved from Chicago to Eldorado, Illinois…when I was five years old, we took up residence in a large and ghostly house that was, directly  across from the High School.  The first morning that I awoke in the, cavernous, house I was, struck, with how, bitterly, cold that it was!  When I asked my mom why it was so cold she told me that my dad had not yet, ‘shaken down the clinkers and stoked the coal furnace for the day!’

Years later, my step-father gave me the chore of getting in three buckets of coal, each afternoon after school, for the coal stove the he had installed adjacent to our kitchen.  He admonished me to, not bring in clinkers, but to, sift through the coal to ensure that I was, only retrieving, the good coal that would burn well!

The coal bin was not well lit!  As I searched for what appeared to be good coal…I would bring in, clinkers and…at times…dog poop…as the dogs liked to relieve themselves in the coal pile!

It was not a pleasant experience!

Many evenings I would read my Bible in the kitchen of my mom and stepfather’s home and the pages would curl up…from the heat of the coal stove!

I can, vividly, recall the mandate from our government to stop using aerosols that contained fluorocarbons…as they had created a hold in the O-Zone!

I was a foreman in the Building Services department and I thought, ‘how silly!’

But, I do not thing that any longer!

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Our climate is changing more rapidly than any one believed possible.  I have observed the glaciers calving and, although it is a majestic sight, it is frightening!

We are on the verge of a climate change…Armageddon!

Many impoverished nations that are close to an ocean are doomed for a sea rise that will obliterate much of their land mass!

I recall when tornadoes had a narrow base, that touched ground, and that you could actually flee an oncoming twister…and survive!  Now, many of them are over a mile wide and create, unparalleled devastation!

The fires in California…are unstoppable and we live an uncertainty of…where is the safe place to live?

The majesty and mystery of nature is awe inspiring….and it is governed by a delicate balance!

Earth Day is important for all of humanity.  The mechanism of climate change is already in motion and none of us can stop it…but we can lessen it…if we care about our children and our grandchildren!

‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep.  And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.’    Genesis 1:1-2   KJV

 

 

 

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