|The Whole World Is In Our Hands......|
By the end of the year, President Obama is slated to make a decision about the fate of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is proposed to run from Alberta Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. This pipeline will carry tar sands oil, which is one of the dirtiest and most expensive oils to refine into Texas. The refining process could send potentially dangerous levels of carbon emissions into the atmosphere creating an overload of greenhouse gases which could possibly devastate our planet. Currently, scientists and other intellectuals are waging ongoing debates whether human activities are causing a rise of these greenhouse gases. Since there is no current consensus in the scientific community, doesn’t it make sense to err on the side of caution? Shouldn’t we limit obvious pollution first while our scientific community comes to a consensus regarding climate change? After all, isn’t the stakes way too high? We have a responsibility not only to each other, but to our lower kingdoms (plant and animal) as well. Shouldn’t what’s at stake carry substantial weight in the decision making process? Don’t we have a responsibility as citizens of this Earth to preserve the quality of life received to us from our ancestors?
We, the citizens of the 21st century, must preserve and protect our environment for future generations. It is our obligation to do so. Where would we be today if our ancestors had polluted our atmosphere or depleted our natural resources? Where would we be today if weather patterns caused by the human activities of our predecessors significantly changed our standard of living? Would we be able to enjoy our modern conveniences? Would we be able to sit at a desk for hours surfing the internet or make telephone calls while grocery shopping? Would we be able to have everything at the touch of a button? How could we possibly enjoy our current amenities if rising temperatures caused chronic monster storms that flooded our homes, communities and businesses? Our ancestors fought many battles for us, explored the world for us, invented many conveniences for us and wrote them down so we can live as we do today. We don’t have to reinvent them all over again because we have learned by their mistakes and successes. We are fortunate that our predecessors did nothing catastrophic to this planet; our stars and clouds, our moon and sun, our forests and seas. As a society, we have overlooked how great our debt of gratitude should be toward past generations. We must consider, if we destroy the earth’s atmosphere, we are leaving quite a feat to our successors. How are they going to fix it? It is not likely that we will be leaving them an instruction manual. Will they say to themselves, “What in the world were they thinking?” Here is another thought…have we even remotely considered what this would do to future generations in our lower kingdoms such as animals and plants? Aren’t they the unfortunate innocent victims of our recklessness? Remember, they don’t have a voice. Shouldn’t they factor into the equation?
We, the citizens of the 21st century, need to think of the earth like a wagon wheel that we have inherited from our ancestors. It is our obligation and responsibility to take care of it while it is under our domain and pass it along when our time is done. If during the cause of our ownership, one or many of the spokes becomes damaged, it is up to us to repair it. If not, the wheel could potentially spiral out of control. It is also not prudent to put too much pressure on the wheel because it could smash and break. Just like a disease we don’t know that we have, we may not notice the effects of our actions until it is too late. Therefore, it is strongly incumbent upon us to protect and preserve our inherited wheel and pass it along to future generations in pristine condition without defects or injury.
We, the citizens of the 21st century, are laying the bricks for the life of those who shall live in our places. Let’s carry the torch so future generations can look back at us and be proud that we did the right thing. Let’s not have them look back in shame. How can we expect future generations to enjoy our achievements and innovations if the world is crumbling down upon them? Collectively, we all have a responsibility while we are here on Earth to uphold the laws of nature. For each of us is a link in the entire chain of life. This chain is joining together in Washington D.C. on November 6th as people circle around the White House in protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline. Join us because we must come together to stop unnecessary pollution and preserve our planet for future generations. (http://www.tarsandsaction.org/)
|The Whole World Is Watching....|
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