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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Glimmer of Earth Day hope

Earth Day tree, 5 by 5 watercolor, 140# d'Arches
The Earth is in bad shape these days, and I wonder if all our feeble individual  attempts to "Go Green," recycle, and do other things can save it and ourselves.
 The enormity of the problems  dwarfs us, considering the human pollution of huge countries like China and India, and the greed pollution of countries like the U.S. Oklahoma's Neanderthal legislature is trying to tax people who put in solar power, and our energy company elected shills deny there is drastic climate change underway, because they don't want to admit the obvious...carbon emissions are helping warm the earth, sea levels are rising, killing smog is more common, and so forth. What the world needs most is a huge plague or natural disaster to wipe out much of the population so it can recoup. That's the only real solution, as fatalistic as that sounds.
But there are glimmers of hope. The UCO campus was alive with students and organizations promoting Earth Day and sustainability today. There is hope, but time is running out.
In the meantime, I will continue to walk in the park  or sit on the back porch and enjoy the budding trees trees and flowers  and chirping birds...there is so much beauty and life.

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