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Earth Day, was it?
By Regis Auffray   
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Last edited: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015

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An essay by Sha'Tara, local writer and friend.

Earth Day, was it?

[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha'Tara]
I hear on the grapevine that yesterday, that being April 22, was the officially declared "Earth Day" by man. Having been apprised of this, I can't decide if I should burst out laughing out loud and very sarcastically... or throw up. Perhaps both would be a suitable response to such unmitigated hypocrisy and self-blinding.
I cannot imagine, and I possess a pretty inventive imagination machinery, what "Earth Day" can possibly mean to the average Earthian, apart from the hope that it can become another "statutory holiday" so he can get a day's pay without working, take out his off-road horror machines and get out to the river bars, or the marshes or the hills and destroy as much habitat as one day can allow. Or he may decide to go shopping, an enterprise he's quite adept at. Or go out in an over-sized boat and kill fish for fun. Unfortunately he can't go hunting here, it's off season. Of course if you're in one of those countries perpetually at war, you can go shoot somebody, lob grenades or drive your torn up child to the nearest medical unit. Are there any other ways to properly celebrate "Earth Day" if you're an average Earthian? Can't think of one.
Earth day. Should one write an elegy, a eulogy, or both? How does instituting an "Earth Day" possibly mean anything, or change anything? The destruction man has so enthusiastically entered into must now go its course: it simply can not be stopped, nor reversed, not without such serious blow-back that million, perhaps billions, would simply die as a result of any meaningful alteration of course. Officially declaring an "Earth Day" may well be the most ludicrous "special day" ever invented. But that it not what it is: it is sophistry; deliberate deception; another public attempt to hide the facts of the case: that man has run out of time as far as this world is concerned.
Consider this: why do you need to celebrate, one "Earth Day" a year? Isn't every day an earth day? Does this official declaration mean that on one day of the year Earthians should (not must, there's no mandate) take care of their world, the conclusion being that it's OK to desecrate it 364 days out of the year?
At the entrance to Dachau - one of the most infamous Nazi extermination camps, for those who have no awareness of history - they had put up this slogan: "Arbeit Macht Frei" which means, translated, "Work Makes (you) Free." It was a slogan with a deadly double meaning: work hard and when you die, you will be free. "Earth Day" is just such a slogan brandished in the face of a dying world, the ultimate insult, since quite obviously no one, or no one of any consequence, is going to do anything to change the way things are going for the planet and its non-man life. Everything is a resource; everything that is exploitable must be; everything that can be translated into monetary gain, into some sort of power or pleasure is fair game.
There will be those who will respond with the standard line that scientific discoveries and technological innovations are changing the way of things. More development of wind, solar, tidal and nuclear power means less dependency upon "fossil" fuels. That may be true , but opinions on how much these developments will positively affect the environment vary immensely. One thing is certain: it will be many decades before an appreciable difference is made. What these opinion do not talk about is man's exponentially increasing population. No matter how much "technological enhancements" are made, the spectre of man overcrowding and exceeding any ability for the planet to supply his needs will only continue to exacerbate. Simply put, the creature is insatiable and stupid. Give it more artificially produced means to survive and it will respond by procreating at a faster rate.
Man has already lost the human race. He'll need a whole lot more than one official "Earth Day" a year to survive even in much reduced numbers, and I, for one, don't want to be there to experience the horrors attendant to such survival.
‘As far as we know, all changes are in the direction of increasing entropy, of increasing disorder, of increasing randomness, of running down.’ (Isaac Asimov)

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/27/2015
I've never celebrated Earth Day or followed the many fads that seem to accompany the "green" movement, but I've always respected the Earth every day and try not to leave a footprint on it.

You're right that population is the elephant in the room. The problem should be apolitical and being addressed by us all. By making it a battle between right and left politics the only thing that gets accomplished is either side claiming they are "right." Even scientific-minded cable channels have a lot of very destructive/exploitive television shows because they tend to look sensational to get more viewers.

Arthur C. Clark predicted that the human race could quite easily expand outward into space exponentially and never run out of resources or energy. He was right about so many things (even his space elevator may be doable and a very inexpensive way to go to space) and I certainly hope that he was right about this one.

The flood of people leaving the countryside to the cities, worldwide, is resulting in fewer children being born, although the lag in the affect of changes like this may make us reach a "tipping point" before anything can stop a natural human die back.

Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 4/26/2015
I agree! We should tend to our earth each day with love, not bombs, chemicals, and man made diseases. She sustains us. Give her respect!

Love ya!

Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 4/25/2015
We are in a race or a matter, one day isn't going to do it.
Reviewed by Michael Kieser 4/25/2015
So I will just say that YES I agree - - Earth Day is Hypocrisy!
EVER Since (& Including) The Eco-Summit in 92 the two faces of the left have clearly shown themselves!! BUT For All Who Still Know it not??? I give you

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