Protect and Celebrate Our Earth

The usual Earth Day events in parks and beaches around town will obviously not be happening this year. I don’t like to get too deep into spiritual things here. When I do I feel like I am breaking my own rule of no religion and no politics. I have been thinking about this ever since we heard dolphins were swimming in the canals of Venice for the first time in who knows how many years.

We, humans, are killing the earth. This cannot be disputed, you can see this just by looking around. Seeing clean air in China and India during a plague when no one is leaving their homes and industry is shut down should be a clear enough message for all. Around the world, we have had fires, earthquakes, tornados, locusts, and plagues to name a few. Is it just me or should this be taken as a warning from Mother Nature for us to get our shit together?

I saw it for myself this weekend, right here at home. I frequent Brown’s Bay, the North Causeway, and Callalisa Creek on my stand up paddleboard. I have not been to Callalisa since last fall for various reasons. Too cold, too windy, all the things. Sunday we went and the difference in the water is astonishing. Is some places you can see the bottom. I have never seen the bottom, even in the shallowest of water. There was an abundance of wildlife, turtles, dolphins, birds, fish, I have never seen it like this. Almost like a renewal of nature.

Whatever it is, I hope that when we all do venture back outside we respect our earth and heed the warning. We may not get another chance.