Hug it every day, but not too hard because it can’t take too many hugs from too great of a population. The past couple of months, having completed writing a book, Sustainable Economics, America’s Path to Regeneration © 2015 James A. George and James A. Rodger, CGPublishing, the motivation was surprisingly not to save the planet that is under siege from humanity. It is to save humanity from itself, for its own sake. Earth will do just fine without us, but we cannot live without our planet.
Environmentalists and politicians created a ruckus about “climate change”. If the planet is heating up resulting from how people live and treat it in the process, then “global warming” is a symptom and changing climate is an outcome.
The chances are that human beings will commit catastrophic damage to themselves through such inventions as nuclear weapons and their subsequent use, or by nuclear power use for which there is no safe answer for waste disposal, for instance.
Karlyn Bowman, Senior Scholar at AEI compiled how people think about environmental quality.
“Views of the overall quality of the environment have improved, but a majority still think the quality of the environment is getting worse. Setting a record high, half of Americans rated the overall quality of the environment in the country as “excellent” or “good” in a recent Gallup poll. That said, in every survey since 2001, when Gallup began asking about the quality of the environment, more Americans have said the quality was getting worse than getting better. In March 2015, just over half (51 percent) said it was getting worse.”
American Enterprise Institute email
“AEI Public Opinion Study: Polls on the environment, energy, global warming, and nuclear power
This AEI Public Opinion Study examines polls on the environment, energy, nuclear power, and global warming. In the first section, we look at national polls on the politics of the environment. Democrats lead Republicans by a substantial margin nationally as the party best able to handle environmental issues. Surprisingly, no questions were asked during the 2012 presidential campaign about whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would be better at handling the environment. The absence of questions tells a great deal about how little the issue featured in the pollsters’ minds in the 2012 election. A few questions were asked about which candidate would be better at handling energy issues.”
Celebrating the planet today, I took a walk along the Potomac River. Deep in the woods there are signs that humans have been here a long time. A pile of rocks were put there by Native Americans long ago for a purpose that is lost to us today. It was likely for their campfire because the plateau is high above the river, and provides a 360 degree view of the landscape below on all sides.
A farmer, Claude Moore, grazed cattle here and sometime along the way, farmers built a fence with concrete posts. That is still here.
There are decaying bones from animals that one can’t attribute to people, but they could.
One thing for certain, the plastic Easter eggs were put here recently by parents. They even left $1 inside one, and kids and parents left plastic eggs strewn in the woods. Long before, someone had a Coke and left the bottle. People drank something called “Tab” and left an aluminum can. There are various wine and beer bottles in the woods too, just because people cared so little about their environment.
Walking deeper into the woods, one can escape humanity, maybe, for a time.
The wildflowers are blooming. Butterflies are back for another season. Old trees are falling and new ones are taking their place.
Freedom to hike about is a good thing and gives time to think about how people can work together to ensure the planet’s sustainability. It starts with ensuring that the water and air are clean.
See that river down there. It’s still filled with fish. The trouble is that you can’t eat them because they are contaminated with stuff that we humans put into the water, just like throwing away bottles and trash in the woods. There are consequences to that, and they aren’t good.