Think of Earth as a mirror to humanity, a reflection of our lack of caring and respect.
Aside from the environment pollutants we regularly talk about, how many people realize the number of nuclear detonation tests there have been since 1945? The animated video map at the link below shows well over 2,000 detonations between the years 1945 to 2009 alone, and the countries responsible for them. (Largely the U.S. and the USSR.)
It’s bad enough that these weapons are being tested so they can effectively wipe out “the opposition”, potentially killing multitudes of human beings. How cold is that? Are these people actually human? But on top of that, each test is an assault on our planet, the environment that we count on for life.
We are not simply personally accountable to our Earth at the level of choices we make such as where we throw our trash. We are also responsible at another level by the type of leadership we agree to, and this should be becoming increasingly apparent as we look at today’s global situation.
Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.”
~ Jacques-Yves Cousteau
“We need acts of restoration, not only for polluted waters and degraded lands, but also for our relationship to the world. We need to restore honor to the way we live, so that when we walk through the world we don’t have to avert our eyes with shame, so that we can hold our heads up high and receive the respectful acknowledgment of the rest of the earth’s beings.”
~ Robin Wall Kimmerer
“…normal human activity is worse for nature than the greatest nuclear accident in history.”
~ Martin Cruz Smith
“Earth pollution identical with Mind pollution, consciousness Pollution identical with filthy sky”
~ Allen Ginsberg