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23rd April
written by Sean Noble

Writing about Mother Earth on Earth Day is so predictable.  So I decided to write the morning after.

John D’Anna from the Arizona Republic thinks that Disney’s new release Earth is shallow because “filming a full-length motion picture about the planet without mentioning the very real threats it faces is kind of like making a movie about Iraq without mentioning the war. Or a movie about the economy without mentioning unemployment, foreclosures and AIG.” 

Really John?  What’s wrong with filming a full-length motion picture about the planet because it is a beautiful creation worth celebrating?  We’ve been given a priceless gift, and rather than remaining in a perpetual whine about keeping people out of beautiful areas (and yes, that’s what radical environmentalists want – us out) we should celebrate that Disney has brought some of that awesome landscape to us in a moving way.

I hope this becomes a hugely successful movie.  Millions need to see the raw power of nature, the scope and size of the outdoors and they need recognize how small we really are.  When we better understand the miniscule speck that the human race puts on the earth in total, we get some perspective about how ridiculous it is to worry about cow flatulence, oil derricks beyond the horizon, power lines through a sage-brush desert, freeways to the outskirts of town or a cell tower at Saguaro Lake.

I believe that Earth was created for mankind.  I also believe that we have a responsibility to tend to it and care for it.  And when I say care for it, I don’t mean lock it up.  I mean use it, mold it, improve our lives with it.

Every time I read or hear some professional environmentalist talking about clean air, I think about the stories my dad told me about walking to school in the winter with black soot layered over the snow because people burned coal and oil to heat their homes.  That was the 1950’s.

There are few places in this country where you could see that today.  And yet we still get blamed (mostly by our fellow Americans) for being a blight on this Earth.  We have made huge strides in making the Earth a better place, and yet we still get lectured by jet-setting Hollywood stars and sandal-wearing, hairy-arm-pit-sporting hippie throwbacks about how “evil” we are just for being born.

As we reflect on Earth Day, let’s celebrate our life, our standard of living and our bright future.

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  1. 23/04/2009

    Hey Sean. You should listen to what a world renowned toxicologist says on the subject of global warming. You will have plenty of time to chat — he will be standing in the circle when I bless Brooke in a couple of weeks. And as far as him being part of the “jet-setting Hollywood stars and sandal-wearing, hairy-arm-pit-sporting hippie throwbacks” — he probably couldn’t pick out Brad Pitt from a crowd.

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