It’s not known as “mother earth” for nothing. It provides everything we need, water, food, fuel, shelter, oxygen. It has furnished, if we are wise enough to discover them, medicines in plant life, and solutions to survival in her many secrets.
The earth belongs to every living being and thing on it. It is home. Just as we hopefully try to keep our own personal spaces healthy, comfortable and safe, we need to do the same for the planet.
Planet earth is more of a challenge than our own little corners, it’s true. For one thing, we share it with billions of other people, and not all of them share the same regard for her present or future. As cities expand and the population grows this sometimes seems as an overwhelming task.
It’s an old planet and well worn. Like a favorite car, it needs some care, maintenance and tuning up. Obviously, you can’t expect it to be in the same condition it once was. It has seen a lot, both natural and man made. Storms, cosmic encounters, wars and pollution have taken its toll. The good news is that the earth has faced some bad episodes in it’s past and survived. Trees do grow again, and water, left untouched once again becomes pure.
As much as we hate to admit it, the last few centuries have probably taken a few thousand years off her life. For the first time in the history of the planet, mankind was able to alter some of her finer characteristics, and now, we are trying to make amends. If we’re lucky, it isn’t too late to reverse the damage.
Whether you believe in the Garden of Eden as Biblical truth, or a nice story that explains our beginnings on this earth, the point of the story is the same, and more than a little prophetic. We started out as a pristine, perfectly organized, and well stocked world, and human kind somehow managed to mess it up.
It’s heartening to know that people today, even in struggling third world countries, are somewhat beginning to appreciate the world they live in and considering methods to keep what we have not destroyed, and restore what we have.
We can leave our own homes if they become too small, cramped, old or, are in the wrong climate or environment, but we are pretty much stuck with planet earth. It’s all we have.