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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day - Don't Mess with Mother Earth

We are sons and daughters of this planet,  like the mother who takes care of us, the earth offers us, what it takes for us to live – Air, Water and food.  

We are merely a strand in the scheme of things, as the Native American Chief Seattle puts it, “Chief Seattle, a Native American said this perfectly, “All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the webs, he does it to himself."

None of us can live by ourselves; we are all interconnected and interdependent. Our balance and survival depends on how well we take the responsibility to maintain it.   

On this Earth Day, I am pleased to share a few thoughts in the most simplistic language and ask you to become a contributor towards the well being of our mother.

Our caviler attitudes towards our environment amounts to messing up that delicate balance, the balance that keeps the seasons intact, the weather predictable, the right amount of energy from the Sun, the plants to produce oxygen,  the nights to refresh, the variety of nutrients to keep us healthy, the pure drinking water... if we mess that intricate balance, we screw ourselves out of life in the long haul.  

We understood the air pollution caused by carbon emissions from automobiles, factory stacks and other pollutants. Finally we came out of denial and are making serious efforts to reduce the pollution and restore the clean air.

To understand air pollution visit any fast growing city anywhere in the World, and I visited Bangalore, my Mother town,  where  each successive hour on the road, we blew the black stuff out of our noses, it was not a pleasant experience. What if it shortens the life span? I guess we can live with that, but what if it makes us eternally bedridden? Contrast that with New Delhi, where no gasoline run automobile is allowed within the City limits.  

Los Angeles and Houston were like that; we are leaning the importance of clean air and gaining some control, each one of us is a contributor towards the slow destruction or preservation of our mother. The smallest thing you can do is check your car emissions to see who you are.

We understood the pollution of underground and potable water, and we are making efforts to keep that water pristine, indeed most of the deaths in Asia and Africa are caused by water borne diseases. Watch out what you throw on the street; be good to the hands that feed you, the mother earth.

Imagine your home with heaps of garbage in it and the effect it will have on your health. The food, water, and air that give us life is a gift delivered through our mother. It is our responsibility and duty to take care of her.

With the climate change, global warming and improper disposal of trash we are hurting ourselves. Right now the garbage is dumped onto ocean through streams and drainage, the floating garbage is as big as Texas in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. There were 40 oil spills since the BP disaster and the Marine institute of Virginia claims 400 dead zones in coastal waters across the world.

We have to get a hold on this. Those who deny global warming and pollution must be given a tour of these places to learn firsthand and quit denying these.

What can you do? Just be conscious of what you throw and where you throw, throwing on the street amounts to throwing it in our own living room.

May we be guided to protect our own earth for our own good. Amen!
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MikeGhouse is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. He is a professional speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, civic affairs, Islam, India, Israel, peace and justice. Mike is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he writes weekly at Dallas Morning News and regularly at Huffington post, and several other periodicals across the world. The blog www.TheGhousediary.com is updated daily. 

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