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Our Environment

Our Environment
Our Environment

Our Environment

I am sure we both wish for a cleaner environment, but more importantly today, our immediate needs seem to be a much safer environment for humanity to exist in. After all the recent hurricanes, tsunamis, unusual weather fluctuations and new deadly diseases, it may be becoming painfully obvious that our environment has been pushed to the brink of disaster. Maybe it's time to move ahead with even a bolder plan for the future. I remember as a child seeing an indian chief crying on commercials in regard to pollution. At least the indians way back then lived in conjunction with the land. We seem to be using things up at an alarming rate. Today it seems people use up, process and throw out a tremendous amount of waste. I feel we have become a throwaway society. Where does it all go to? Are we just burning it, burying it and dumping it at sea like ticking timebombs? What are the risks to our future? Maybe we need to act immediately to enact really strict environmental standards and enforcement procedures that will halt or even reverse the warming and polluting of our planet. We can't just blame it on oil, but they may be a major culprit. Oil leaks are everywhere that pollute our waters too. There are, I am sure, a lot of things that need to be corrected. I remember when I went to college in the 1970's that there inventions that powered things with sources other than oil. Why didn't we develop these ideas more effectively way back then? Is it because we let the oil companies purchase all the patents they could on non-polluting or cleaner methods of transportation? How come way back in the 1970's that a monorail or a cleaner system of transportation like it was never built? My grandfather took me as a kid to the World's Fair in Flushing, NY back in 1964 and I remember a monorail system there. We had big gas guzzling cars back then just like today. Why is this? Do you feel that the philosophy of continued burning of fossil fuels and the rich economy based on it, is more important at this moment than the planet's climatic shift and the dwindling of indigenous animal populations? I am greatly disturbed by the amount of animals that are killed daily on our highways and equally disturbed at how we are just casually pushing out all the animals as we develop the land. With some exceptions, animal populations are dwindling as the push goes on to develop. As an artist and teacher I find that I sometimes care about things that others just do not. In 1984 I painted a painting called "Global Warming". 21 years later I hear a lot about it in the news. A novel "1984" by George Orwell was a book I had to read in high school. I remember how shocked we were back then by this book and yet today some of it seems almost commonplace? We are growing tolerant of tmany types of abuses to our freedoms and to the environment. We may now need to save the environment from the people. We need strong leaders who are willing to protect the planet. It is very possible our Planet Earth is the Garden of Eden the Bible refers to. The Tree of Life and it's apples, are but what we have been already given. To take a bite out of the apple, for example, may be to pollute and degrade it. Lets make peace around the world and all work together immediately to begin the hard work needed to save our beautiful planet from ourselves. I am just trying to do my small part to raise the conscience of the world. I became an artist to give something back to the world. I knew it would be a struggle when I accepted my challenge. I think our world population may also be now ready to meet such a serious challenge head on before it's too late. JET III

 

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