Restore our earth so that we can live

by Fr. Shay Cullen

“Earth Day” | Image by Ashish Lohorung via Flickr/Creative Commons

There is great hope and enthusiasm among the youth to restore the earth by celebrating Earth Day on 22 April. They see the environmental destruction in all aspects of our lives- the air we breathe, the forest destruction, the polluted oceans, the climate change that is upon us, and the pandemic- all a result of human neglect, greed, and power play for riches and dominance of the Earth. This young generation wants it to change and is doing much to advocate political change to the Green Platform for a healthy planet.

They are planning thousands of action events worldwide to demand that we change our lifestyles, habits, ways of living, and working. They are dedicated to change the destructive industry, corrupt political systems, and bad environmental conditions due to the changing climate that is harming them and the Earth.

We all must work to change our lives and restore our Earth because everyone should have an equal opportunity to survive and have a healthy life of dignity and equality. Those greater ideals are far away, but we can restore the Earth in small ways in the place where we live. Like recycling plastic and waste products, never waste food, plant organic vegetables, and plant trees.

The most vital and important need is to have a healthy, clean, pollution-free, smog-free atmosphere and clean air to breathe. The air we breathe affects our lives, blood, brains, body, and clear thinking ability. It is one of the most important environmental goals we must reach. Our health and that of the world’s children depend on it.

“The most vital and important need is to have a healthy, clean, pollution-free, smog-free atmosphere and clean air to breathe. The air we breathe affects our lives, blood, brains, body, and clear thinking ability. It is one of the most important environmental goals we must reach.”

We, humans, are very unintelligent since we are poisoning ourselves. We allow national and multi-national industries to make billions of profits by producing electricity from dirty, dangerous oil and coal-fired power plants. The politicians and mighty moguls of the industry tell us it is for our own good if we want our electric fans, air conditioners, heaters, lights, and factories to run. How dull can we be, we with the big brains, if we allow this when there are clear sustainable alternatives? The youth that is rallying this Earth Day know it and demand change.

The politicians are generally corrupt and in cahoots and enjoy conspiracies with the tough tycoons of big business run by industry oligarchs. We must have political action and vote for politicians with green environmental credentials. To restore the Earth is not just cleaning up the plastic waste and planting more trees, all great and important, but we must change the politicians, and they will change the source of producing electricity on which the world runs.

This basic intelligent thinking, planning, and positive action are all possible, and it is part of the new wave sweeping the globe with the young generation. It means the tycoons and we must confess environmental sins, individually, nationally, and globally and repent and do penance by changing our bad environmental habits.

We can and must change to good clean ways of living to undo the damage caused by the past generations and the present. We must change and replace the destructive energy-producing ways to restore the Earth. The people must demand the politicians and industry to convert more quickly to renewable energy sources and phase out fossil fuels, oil, gas, coal, and nuclear plants. Today, we need to join the youth in demanding these changes by their marches, activities and protests, and positive actions this Earth Day, now on its 51st anniversary. The building of more wind turbines, solar panels, geothermal plants, wave and tide power, and environmentally safe hydropower is the goal.

“We can and must change to good clean ways of living to undo the damage caused by the past generations and the present. We must change and replace the destructive energy-producing ways to restore the Earth.”

Converting to electric-run vehicles sourced from renewable energy production is the way of the future. However, less flying, more walking and cycling, and using trains are the best ways to travel to restore the earth. The burning of oil and coal is the most dangerous of all. They produce the most CO2 in the atmosphere, producing greenhouse gases causing climate change because of global warming, and they are polluting the air we breathe. The Covid-19 pandemic stopped travel and restored a clean environment to many cities, especially in China.

The coal industry is the worst of all for damaging the Earth. According to a report in N. Sönnichsen, Feb 2, 2021, “China has the highest installed capacity of coal power plants in the world. . . with a capacity of 1,042.9 gigawatts……the United States, which ranked second. China’s carbon dioxide emissions from coal combustion reached 7.2 billion metric tons in 2019 – roughly 70 percent of the country’s total emissions.

For a great nation to be truly great, admired, respected, and emulated, China, with its success in greatly alleviating poverty in fifty years and massive construction and production capacity of consumer products, must have moral values and respect for human rights and respect for the Earth and quickly phase out their oppressive cruel polices of island-grabbing, human rights abuses, and their coal plants. Then, China will lead the world.

“The positive planned action of youth worldwide on Earth Day to restore the Earth is inspiring. … They are the hope for a clean, restored Earth.”

The most devastating result of a poisoned atmosphere from air pollution is felt every day, with the millions suffering breathing problems. With these underlying weaknesses, millions are dying, even hundreds of babies in Brazil, from Covid-19. Please make no mistake about it. This pandemic is upon us like a dark cloud because of our lack of care for the natural world and the protection of the earth’s wildlife and habitat of animals and birds. The unleashing of the various vicious viruses in recent years transferring from exotic and rare birds and animals when eaten, like bats or Pangolin, has brought devastation and suffering, and death to so many.

The positive planned action of youth worldwide on Earth Day to restore the Earth is inspiring. It begins with a global youth climate summit led by Earth Uprising, in collaboration with My Future, My Voice, OneMillionOfUs, and hundreds of youth climate activists. We admire them. They are the hope for a clean, restored Earth.

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