Earth Day thinking is just common sense

Why does it seem mud season in the Adirondacks has been more like the Ice Age? Why have there been so many record-breaking temperatures, storms, floods, droughts, etc., around the world?

People disagree over the reasons for these fluctuations. Many claim it is climate change caused by humans, and some say it is a natural change, like the Ice Age. Whatever the reason, we should all be able to agree on managing the risk: These recent extreme-weather events have been frequent and severe, and we need to be prepared.

Have things changed much since 1970, when the first Earth Day was to bring awareness of how we were polluting our planet? Today we are consuming more than we ever have and disposing more into our oceans and landfills, drilling deeper for oil and gas, transporting goods farther than we did in 1970.

While America is working hard on establishing sustainable energy, as well as not depending on foreign oil, there are challenges. The biggest problems are self-inflicted ones, which we could be creating by wasting our resources to the point of no return.

If you thought wars over oil were bad, it will certainly be a lot worse over our water supply.

If you don’t believe in the solid science that gives us a clear warning, just use common sense and think about the consequences of our actions, or inaction. We need to plan for the worst and hope for the best, but more importantly we need to take action to prevent Mother Earth from responding with a deadly vengeance.

As Pogo cartoonist Walt Kelly put on his famous poster for the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

On this Earth Day, tomorrow, let’s ponder how our actions will affect our and our children’s future. Think how we can make a difference in making our planet a better place, even if it is baby steps. Then do it.