I recently watched Racing Extinction, which premiered on The Discovery Channel. Although it was extremely depressing and left me both heavy-hearted and enraged, I was glad I saw it. I was obligated to see it.
In fact, everyone on this planet with a means to watch it or listen to it (i.e., not an infant/toddler nor those without all their mental faculties) have a moral obligation to see or hear it.
We can’t be a world of takers with a self-righteous, doesn’t-apply-to-me, not-my-problem, won’t-affect-my-lifetime mentality. This planet can’t sustain itself at the rate we’re destroying it, even though some say Mother Nature has a way of adapting, and others who believe in God and say that He who created the earth can also save it.
It’s time to set aside those beliefs and err on the side of caution. How many red flags does earth have to put up in order for everyone to feel that sense of urgency to do their part to save it?
If we destroy our only home, all the natural resources that sustain us, and the beauty that inspires us, what good will our money and material possessions (which drive destruction and extinction) do? They would be worthless.
For those who believe in God and the afterlife, just because we can’t take our worldly possessions with us when we die doesn’t mean we can just desecrate and dishonor what God created. It’s our responsibility to be a guardian for the earth and its inhabitants, to help nurture and care for them, and to leave this planet in better shape than it was.
We’re failing miserably at this. Although we are slowly awakening and making progress, the do-gooders are simply outnumbered by those with greed and/or apathy.
If one person can and is contributing to the pollution, destruction and depletion of the earth and its resources, then that one person can also help reverse his or her impact and turn it into something good.