By Vern and Lori Gieger
The Fragile Web of Life
that we love, take pleasure in, and experience in this world is made
possible because of the home we live on, Earth. There is only one Earth;
therefore, there is only one home for all of us. We take for granted
that there will always be fresh air to breath and clean water to drink.
However, we must admit and understand our Earth does not have unlimited
mincing words, there are those among us who are destroying our home.
They are robbing her of her natural resources, vitality, heath and beauty.
I would venture to say most people believe our Earth was created by
God, and is a precious gift from Him, so how can we give it such little
respect and still call ourselves believers? Typically, a precious gift
is cherished and protected. No?
We are using up the life force of our Earth. Living here is a privilege
and a responsibility. We humans cannot continue pillaging and plundering
it. Like a spider web a few strands may be plucked out, and it still
withstands the stress, but remove too many and it will collapse.
are so distracted many of us don’t see what is happening right
under our own noses. Over a million species are facing extinction in
the near future, our air is dirty, our oceans, rivers and lakes are
polluted, the polar ice caps are melting, the weather becoming more
unstable—tsunamis, droughts, flooding, devastating hurricanes,
mud slides not to mention earthquakes and our failing ozone.
Earth is comparable to a lifeboat; it can only hold so many people and
endure so much deterioration before it sinks.
can no longer allow ourselves to be lazy, indifferent and believing
we are invincible! Everyone has a responsibility to do what they can
to stop our headlong course towards extinction through the destruction
of our planet. Do not think you are not intricately tied into the health
of our ecosystem for you are! If there is no healthy Earth, there is
no you! Make no mistake, this is not a game, there can be no “re-match”
if we lose it, it is over. Forever.
am not asking you to become a tree hugger, but an aware citizen and
a responsible inhabitant of your own home. On our present course, we
are sealing our own doom. Extinct means gone forever and we are heading
there along with almost every other living thing on Earth.
pay attention. Let’s question. Let’s communicate with others.
We can no longer afford not to care, being barely conscious of our surroundings;
like sheep being herded around by money, greed and personal comfort.
Not realizing the consequences until they jump up and bite us. Then
we ask; how could they (always referring to someone else) let
first step we can all take is being aware of what “products”
we are using, and their potential hazards. There are many “environmental
troublemakers,” and I am not referring to the things that make
you sneeze. Some of the worst are things “we” use everyday:
Styrofoam, aerosol sprays, drain cleaners, herbicides, pesticides—we
are slowly poisoning ourselves and every other living creature on our
about this: your pet’s flea and tick treatment labels caution
to avoid contact with skin, wash immediately with soap and water. It’s
dangerous for you to be exposed to it, but okey to saturate your pet?
(Ironic isn’t it that we are even poisoning our beloved companions).
same “precautions” are found on many other household items
we use everyday. And where do they end up—in our water, our air
and yes in the very food we eat. Be a label reader. If it contains the
words caution, hazardous, or has an 1 800 # for the poison control center,
ask yourself, do I really want to use this? Is there something else
I can use? There are many eco-friendly alternatives if people take the
time to check. With today’s modern technology, i.e., the internet,
there is no excuse not to.”
must realize our actions are capable of annihilating an entire species,
including man. Every year new ecological disasters are uncovered from
events of 10, 20, even 30 years ago. It remains to be seen if humankind
has the technology, the capability or even the inclination to try to
restore what we have already destroyed. Cleaning up the environment
is going to be possible only with a fundamental change in the way we
live our lives at the individual level. There is little indication that
we can count on our governments to protect us. It will take a concentrated
effort by all of us to preserve the planet Earth, and all her living
inhabitants. By doing so, we save ourselves too.