Earth Day 2016

April 17, 2016

BW photograph of a plastic water bottle lying in a stream.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Earth Day is April 22, 2016.

BW photograph of a thrown away Minute Maid juice bottle lying in a pile of sticks

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The photographs here are a reminder that there is still so much more to do to with our stewardship of the planet.

BW photograph of a frozen, frosty, water bottle laying in the grass

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Climate change is not a new issue and is reflected in the following saying, which has been attributed to a Chinese proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.”

BW photograph of a nearly full Snapply bottle of tea lying in the woods.

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If I could take the liberty to amend that saying, it would be: “The best time to have gotten serious about dealing with climate change was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.  After all, “now” is what we have.”

BW photograph of a small bottle and a gum wrapper lying in a gutter.

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BW photograph of McDonalds trash lying in the woods.

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BW photograph of a bench with trash-plastic bags and bottles.

Copyright 2016 Kevin p. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

BW photograph of recyclable materials in a dumpster.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

In addition to the required individual efforts at reducing, reusing, and recycling, not to mention making inroads on runaway consumption, much larger governmental efforts are needed.  There have been many posts about this, so I will not re-dress the reasons for that here.

BW photograph of a plastic bin brimming with throw away plastic, some cardboard boxes, and styrofoam peanuts

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However, it is very important to recognize that some young adults in Oregon have won the right to sue the federal government for “failing to properly protect future generations from the dangers of climate change.” Please do read this for more information, which includes a legal rationale for this action.

Here’s hoping that suit moves forward and is successful.  The legal process will, of course, take time.  That is a concern as this, too, can become a mirror of the U.N. Climate Change negotiations over most of the past 20 years.  While countries took the time to argue about and delay larger-scale efforts at mitigation, the planet continued to get hotter.  And here we are.

Since we continue to move away from the past, the time certainly is now.

Take care.

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