A Brief One by Doug Draper, publisher, Niagara At Large
Posted April 21st, 2016
In the final days of 1968 – a little more than a year before the launch of the first Earth Day and beginning of a modern-day environmental movement that faces unprecedented challenges to this day – U.S. astronauts orbiting the moon for the first time took a picture of our earth rising about the horizon of the lunar landscape.
That iconic image should continue to be reminder to all of us to this day that this magnificent sphere of blue and green remains our only oasis in a vast dark universe. In the more than four and a half decades since that photo was taken, we have sent probes out to the farthest reaches of the universe and have yet to find another stone circling the sun that can support all life as we know it, including our own.
That is why we must all stand up against those who, driven by willful recklessness and short-sighted greed, would destroy any more of the life-giving resources present and future generations of humans and other species on this planet need for survival.
Those who would poison our water and air or destroy what are left of our wetlands and woodlands for profit are among the worst kind of vandals and rapists and should be locked in jail cells, not sitting on decision-making boards or holding positions of power.
If enough of us stand up, we can run these destructive individuals and the greedy few they represent out out of power.
This Earth Day – April 22nd, 2016 and for all of the Earth Days ahead – let’s make a pledge to lock arms together and do just that for ourselves, for other species on this great planet and for the future of our children.
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