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Earth Day April 22, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...

Today is Earth Day. That statement by itself in society's highly polarized area of social commentary may either bring out the folks from Greenpeace or merit, at most, a polite yawn from others, but either way, most folks will have an opinion about Earth Day, whether they admit it or not.

Why? Because mankind has a rather terrifying habit of taking the Planet Earth for granted. If you are truly ambivalent about Earth Day, one presumes that despite all the hue and cry about Global Warming, nothing much has changed. It's still our home.

It seems that for every pro-environment scientist who has an opinion about Earth Day, there are scientists who refute everything the pro-environment scientists say. So who do you believe?

Whether or not you believe in the depletion of the ozone layer, that our atmosphere is increasingly laden with toxic pollutants or that our water is itself becoming toxic, you do have to admit that Earth, our home is a work of marvelous beauty and indescribable complexity.

Thus, if for no other reason, it stands to reason that one day each year, we should stand in awe of this place we live, and commit ourselves to protecting it from harm now and forever.

Of course, your thoughts may differ.

Welcome to the Wild Card for Earth Day.


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