Blue, Green, or Gone
There are many among us who insist on going green. I would venture a guess that quite a few environmentalists worrying about Spaceship Earth are equally embroiled in politics, or simply desire to be politically correct. Yet, whether or not they have a hidden agenda, they also have a point.
When Norwegian explorer of Kon-Tiki fame, Thor Heyerdahl, sailed the Atlantic in 1969 in his Egyptian reed boat named Ra, he noted in his log how much garbage he saw in every part of the ocean. He speculated as to whether all the oceans, connected to each other in one ecosystem, were in fact polluted by man.
Fisheries around the globe have been destroyed. Many beaches have been rendered unusable. Is it possible that our living organism know as Earth’s oceans, which have existed for more than three billion years, could cease to exist due to our recklessness?
The same holds true of the air above us. It, too, comprises a single ecosystem, yet every day we fill the skies with the smoke, ash, and poisonous gases emanating from our burned throwaways. The atmosphere in many parts of the planet is already damaging plant life, and we have no idea what is doing to the human and animal populations. We have only begun to measure the effects of acid rain. And I would hope to see my grandchildren protected from deadly solar rays by a healthy ozone layer, one not eroded by parasitic gases.
I am not a Green Party member, nor am I part of any movement. I make no political statement, and I have nothing to prove. I don’t get involved in conspiracy theories or heavy discussions about global warming that tend to bring down the general mood of guests during festive occasions. But I am a human being living in this part of the universe, and I did admire Thor Heyerdahl. He saw a lot of crap floating in the Atlantic, and that unnerves me.