Mother Earth Thoughts
Love and respect for Mother Earth have been part of my mindset my entire life. After all, we are taught as Christians that God created the heavens and the earth and he filled them with life and abundance.
Why MOTHER Earth? I feel very comfortable referring to the earth as Mother Earth because, just as God gave women the great gift and responsibility to give life, so he gave that gift to the earth.
Mother Earth creates life. And just as any good mother would be, she is also a disciplinarian and she will and does punish us for not respecting her.
But also like all good mothers, she will do all she can and go out of her way to protect her children and she will adapt to situations and circumstances to provide for them.
I consider myself an environmentalist. I have been using cloth, reusable shopping bags before they were even a thing. I drove a first-generation Prius for 14 years and when it was time to replace it, I replaced it with another Prius.
When I opened my brick and mortar business, I spared no expense just to make sure that everything was environmentally sound.
I walk when I can instead of driving. I conserve electricity. I shop in second-hand stores often. I live very minimalistic to create a smaller footprint. I shop locally for produce whenever I can. I support industries that do work to clean up the oceans and landfills. And I raised a daughter to live a life based on this respect for Mother Earth and now she has brought those practices into her family.
I try hard to practice what I preach when it comes to the environment.
While I do believe in climate change, I don’t happen to believe in the “crisis” cry that the globalist and media shove down our throats.
Climate change happens as the earth goes through natural cycles. Just like people, the earth changes with age. So does the entire universe. I am not concerned that we will all be dead in twelve years. My lack of concern comes from experience.
I have lived through almost six decades of this type of rhetoric and each time the “experts” have been proven wrong. I have learned that the science and scientists behind these warnings are paid to find support for putting these fears out there. I have watched them prey on the fears of children to use them to spread their fear-mongering messages.
It wasn’t always like that. The message used to be motivational and moving in a good way.
In the 1970’s on Saturday mornings, in between my morning cartoons, I remember “The Crying Indian” commercial with the campaign line, “People Start Pollution. People Can Stop It.”
I can remember as a child thinking, “I want to help Keep America Beautiful.” It inspired the launch of my environmental side.
But now, unfortunately, the conversional is no longer inspiring. It is wrapped in fear and demise. That is why I don’t support the conversation.
Change doesn’t come from fear. Change comes from a positive mindset. It comes from a desire to do good. It comes from being motivated not scared.
I see members of President Trump’s administration addressing the environmental issues in a positive way and with great success if you bother to look at the real numbers.
Sec. Perry was spot on when he reported, “The U.S. now leads the world in producing both oil and natural gas, and at the same time reducing energy-related emissions.” Some will say that is only half true because there was an increase between 2017-2018, but you have to remember the industries that came back into the country after being gone for so long. And forecasts are pointing to a decline in emissions in the near future.
I cannot in good conscience support any movement that instills fear in children. Children should be inspired and taught positive lessons by adults. Using children to create a narrative is unacceptable and the lowest trick of the media.
There is never a case when it is ok to have children leave their classrooms to protest for any reason. Instead, use classroom time to teach them habits and lessons so they can live a life that is environmentally friendly. Teach by example. Give them ideas and strategies. Allow them the opportunity to come up with their own strategies.
It does not serve children or society to tell a child that they are acting more responsible than an adult. This reinforced behaviors of disrespect for adults by children. Children are not wiser nor do they have more life experience than adults. While listening to children and genuinely hearing their thoughts and concerns is necessary for them to grow up with a sense of self-worth, this message of doom and gloom only serves to depress children. Depressed children are more susceptible to drug use, abusive relationships, and even suicide.
Adults need to take full responsibility for our lifestyles. Let children be children. They only get a short amount of years to be carefree and they are entitled to that. I am sure you, as a child, got that opportunity. Pass it on.
And keep in mind, while the media puts children like Greta Thunberg in the spotlight and focuses on her rants about how we have let her down, there are young people like Boyan Slat who are actually doing something positive.
Boyan is a young inventor from the Netherlands who has created a system for cleaning up the ocean. His project is currently being used successfully and he has continued the project to take on the rivers. I encourage you to learn about him and his efforts by visiting https://theoceancleanup.com/
Be Fearless Be Gracious Be Authentic……and Be Green!!