Greetings and Salutations;
Some of the most amazing and majestic trees left in America are the old growth Redwoods, living out West. However, thanks to the issues brought on by Global Climate Change, these treasures are in trouble. Here is a very worthwhile article that I recommend we all read and contemplate what it is saying
These trees have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years, quietly growing larger, and doing their job of providing habitat for the creatures of the forest floor, and filtering the contaminents out of the air that blows through their branches. Thanks to mankinds poor stewardship, and, actions taken without understanding the process of what was going on, or, the long-term consequences of those actions, the climate is changing. These changes have caused weather conditions to become more extreme, and, have put the Redwoods under serious stress because of the drought that every year seems to bring. We need to understand that these great Trees are the canary in the coal mine. They are warning us that the changes we are inflicting on Mother Earth can and WILL kill us, too. We are at least as fragile as these trees, and so, when there is no growing weather left for food, and there is no water for keeping us alive thanks to drought, and contamination of fresh water sources by Industry…Humanity itself is in danger.
Most of us cannot be completely “Green”…and no reasonable person expects us to be. However, we, as an attempt to return to being Good Stewards of the Earth, should make the effort to be as green as POSSIBLE. Minimize our use of electricity and water. Purchase vehicles that are smaller, and lighter, and, more efficient. In spite of decades of proof, there are too many of us believe that driving a huge SUV that gets 8 MPG, in order to take ourselves to the store a mile away or our kids to school half a mile away, is a good and necessary thing.
Recycle what you can. Yes…It is kind of a pain in the butt to take the time to crush aluminum cans and separate them out, or rinse out the milk bottles and put them and other plastics in the appropriate bin for pickup. However, a couple of minutes extra is not too much, I believe, to help ensure that our grandchildren and great grandchildren will have a world to live in.
Have you read the book “Dune” by Frank Herbert? Or seen the movie? If not I suggest sitting down and doing this. It will give you a much better picture of how life can be on a planet where fresh water is the exception, not the rule, and much of the planet is covered with sand…
Bee Man Dave