The Source encourages all our readers to celebrate Earth Day.
No, we haven’t gone mad. We are not asking that anyone celebrate with the “nattering nabobs of negativity” who have been claiming the sky is falling for years. We are not asking that anyone buy into the wacky theories and far-stretched logic that leads people to protect plants and animals more than they will protect human live. We actually want people to celebrate the Earth.
We should be celebrating the earth’s built-in capacity to recover from disaster, whether natural or man-made. After devastating damage the area around Mt. Saint Helens is recovering quickly, less than a generation having passed.
News stories just this last week tell of the remarkable recovery at Bikini Atoll where nuclear testing decimated the area. Our earth was blessed by its creator with an amazing capacity to withstand the wrath of both humans and nature.
When scientists speak of the earth’s history they tell us of long periods, or ages, of differing types of climates. Those ages are said to have been triggered by monumental changes in weather, atmosphere or by meteorological events. Yet the earth has withstood each of those ages; adapted, recovered, and flourished. Where climatic changes caused permanent damage it was to living species, not to the earth herself.
Today scientists twist those facts into suggesting that the small impact humans can have on earth will somehow devastate her. That is not only unlikely, it is shortsighted. Rather than panicking about our role in some small climatic changes, we could be studying the earth’s recoveries and learning from them.
So, go ahead, celebrate Earth Day. But celebrate the good she brings us, the stability she offers and the promise she gives.