Where is the Respect?
There is one thing people of Earth have in common. They are all born, raised, and live their entire lives on planet Earth. They breathe oxygenated air made from the Earth’s trees, eat food grown in the soil, and drink pure water from Mother Nature’s springs. Yet, most humans do not make the connection that their very survival depends upon a healthy, thriving planet. Many treat the earth like the gum on the bottom of their shoes. Where is the respect for our one and only Earth, who has lovingly given all species that live on her food, shelter, and all things necessary in order to survive? It is a well-known fact that humans have been living on and modifying the earth since the beginning of time. Today, it is called “managing our resources” or “drilling responsibly,” but these actions still prove the arrogance of humanity to believe the earth is ours to manipulate. As we continue to inhabit this planet, we destroy our precious environment without concern for how our actions affect others who inhabit our planet. We are continually warned by scientists that our activities present danger to the environment. For example, our over-consumption is associated with limiting natural resources, and deforestation is a threat to the survival of all species on Earth. Trees produce oxygen, a necessity for life; what happens when it’s all gone? The future of the Earth remains in doubt, due to the damaging impacts that arise from the human’s greed for their own fulfillment and ego. We assume that humans are the better, more intelligent species on Earth, despite the fact dolphins have a higher functioning brain than humans. Look what we’ve done to this highly intelligent species; our military straps bombs onto the precious mammals to use them as potential weapons! As Chief Seattle cautioned us so many years ago, “we belong to the earth; it does not belong to us.” We don’t deserve to be at the top; the bottom of all the species seems more fitting. I...
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