The Earth is in danger.
The Earth is in delicate balance.
The Earth needs our (humanity's) protection.
Let's have a look at some of the Earth's history and some fascinating animals.
The Earth is about 4.5 billion years old
with life having started some 3.5 billion years ago. During that time it has experienced global extinctions due to vulcanism
. A Permian era volcano ignited a coal deposit and dumped massive amounts of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Our beloved Earth has been impacted by meteors and asteroids
numerous times. There have been four ice ages
. We are in one right now, in fact, and our warm temperatures are a brief interlude between the glacial advances.
And yet life goes on...
There are many living fossils:
The horseshoe crab has been around for about 300 million years.
The Wollemi Pine
has been around for more than 175 million years.
has been around for more than 65 million years.
The Laotian Rock Rat
has been around for 11 million years and is thought that it may even be fairly common nowadays.Army ants
have lived unchanged for 100 million years.
Humans (hominids) are barely here - we are a tiny blip in the history of Earth. The earliest fossils of hominins go back 4 million years
. Modern humans are a mere 200,000 years old, however. Geologically, we don't even exist.
There is a class of life forms that live in extreme environments called extremophiles
. These organisms live and thrive in acid, brine, boiling water, and freezing temperatures.
More familiar (and easier to actually see) are some life forms I consider extreme:
The giant tube worm
lives at depths of 5000 feet near hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.Desert plants
such as cacti, mesquite, and creosote do extremely well in arid environments.
So we see that life is pervasive. Life is adaptable. Life is hardy.
We see that the Earth is not the delicate soap bubble about to pop because of humans.
We also see that the Earth changes temperature
without Man's help.
We cannot destroy the planet. It is sheer arrogance to believe that we can have that much effect on a 4.7 billion year old 6 sextillion metric ton
glob of rock and water floating in the endless void of the vacuum of space and being bombarded by a fusion reactor emitting 1.4 x 10^31 Joules
of energy every hour.
FALSE: The Earth is in danger.
FALSE: The Earth is in delicate balance.
FALSE: The Earth needs our (humanity's) protection.
Just say "no" to Earth Day. It is a lie.