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Issue #1914      May 11, 2020

Respect The Earth

We inhabit the only liveable planet we know exists in our solar system. The Earth provides all that is needed to sustain life for humans and every other living thing that resides on this bountiful planet. The Earth gives all its living creatures fresh air, water, food, and shelter. It gives humanity the materials to clothe us and make the essential things so we can live. Its life support systems have encouraged humans and a wide diversity of plants and animals to survive and thrive.

It also has an array of wondrous, natural environments, including wild habitats and beautiful wildlife that inspire, uplift, and enchant us. These precious places encourage our imaginations, spiritual welfare, and creativity to make artworks, crafts, and writing. These are the sorts of encounters with nature, the sights, smells, and sounds that stir our senses and deeply touch our hearts and souls, giving our lives meaning and purpose. This is the miracle that is life on Earth.

But we have repaid the Earth’s wondrous gifts that gave us life and sustenance with reckless and callous contempt, destroying many vital habitats, wiping out many animal species and indigenous peoples, threatening the existence of numerous other native animals and peoples that rely on them as well as polluting the air, water and land.

Our excessive lifestyles, deforestation, climate change, and other destructive activities have come at a terrible cost to the Earth’s ecosystems; we have so over-exploited and depleted the planet’s resources to the tipping point of a complete breakdown. The consequence of our blatant disregard for the Earth and the damage we have caused has brought us to a perilous situation where humanity’s survival is now at risk.

Making decisive changes to our attitudes and practices are now crucial to allow the Earth to heal and to restore the necessary balance so that its myriad life forms can flourish. The most essential thing is to treat the Earth, other people and animals with genuine respect and kindness to bring about real, sustainable change and renewal.

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