I like green. I understand the importance of “going green.” There are numerous items placed on God’s green earth that make life more enjoyable for us. Trees — I’m a huge fan of trees. Grass is another green biological aspect of nature I really appreciate. And I’m a big fan of Kermit the Frog. Protecting our planet is obviously a value we all must share to maintain our way of life, but excuse me if my top concerns in the world aren’t global warming and the South American ted-lined turtle’s extinction. While I respect those who travel the earth protecting rare animals and helping maintain the survival of the planet, that’s just not my thing. I would rather save a person than save a whale.
Earth Day is coming up on April 22, and there are plenty of events on the horizon in celebration of the anti-carbon-themed day. The City of Ventura will be putting on the Earth Day Every Day festival with the help of the Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education on April 18. There will be music and activities for the whole family, according to the information I read online. But what happens after that? When all the biodegradable plates are put away and the veggie snack trays are empty, will there still be an excitement to save the earth? Or will these families just go back to their gas guzzling SUVs, drive back to their homes, turn on every light and television in every room and watch the energy waste away? I suppose my issue with Earth Day is that the spark to inspire doesn’t last long. One-day awareness will not save our planet. The truth is, we might be too late.
If I sound depressing, I’m sorry. There are too many cars, buildings, people and toxins to really stop the pollution machine created over the past 100 years by both man and the evolution of earth’s lifespan. We might never save all the animals and plants, but we can try to save each other. While thousands try to save the planet from the evils of oil and carbon-based substances, we should encourage each other to put our energy into those who need our help today. Most people will get together and paint peace symbols on their faces for Earth Day, but where are those families on December 21 for National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day? I suppose painting little hobo bags and box cars on the sides of children’s faces isn’t as much fun or as colorful, but the welfare of the least of us should be society’s top priority. Having a healthy planet but a weak people seems like a contradiction that cannot continue.
The arguments against me are already rolling through my brain. I understand the thought of “what’s the point of people if they don’t have a planet?” Believe me, I love animals and want to see them flourish. And no, I’m not a wacko who believes global warming is a hoax. I believe man-made global warming is a wobbly thesis, whereas a naturally occurring climate change across the planet is perfectly scientific. My basic belief is that we have dug our planet too deep, it has been here too long, and there are too many necessities that we are not giving up. The battle is over, and it looks like the Industrial Revolution won. Ford Motors won. Disneyland won. Las Vegas won. The Christmas light industry won. Townhomes and beach houses won. Nature lost.
So instead of planting a tree this upcoming April 22, I am going to help a homeless person, because he or she can still be saved. Go green this year, but go green with your wallets. Sponsor a child in Africa. Give to your church. Help down at the YMCA. And if you really want to work with nature, plant a rose garden, because our dying planet can at least look pretty on her way out.