Today marks the 47th annual Earth Day celebration and in Washington D.C., huge crowds are gathering to take part in the global March for Science. According to the Washington Post, marchers are carrying signs with science themed statements like:
“In peer review we trust”
“The oceans are rising, and so are we”
“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate”
With the new Trump administration rolling back environmental protections, scientists, hippies and Al Gore are worried. Liberals believe that climate change is our greatest enemy and if the government doesn’t do something about it NOW, we’ll all be dead in 10 years. But wasn’t it just 10 years ago that Al Gore warned us New York City would be under water, all the polar bears would be dead and the ice caps melted? None of that has happened. Gore was also wrong with a lot of his other predictions too. And according to this Forbes article, we’re actually in a cooling period.
No doubt humans have an impact on the climate. Anytime you or I exhale, our CO2 changes the environment. Common sense and science backs that up but that doesn’t mean we ought to stop breathing because we’re harming the earth. Instead, we should consciously try to improve our planet as individuals and leave the government out of it.
Even if we did everything right in America, that wouldn’t account for the rest of the world and their pollution problems. In China, rivers are so polluted that they burn. Bangkok, Thailand is covered in smog and in India, people go to the bathroom right in the street.
Marco Rubio was 100% correct when he made this statement during one of the Presidential Debates:
“We’re not going to make America a harder place to create jobs in order to pursue policies that will do absolutely nothing, nothing to change our climate. America is a lot of things, the greatest country in the world, absolutely. But America is not a planet.”
So on this Earth Day, instead of marching for government intervention in to the air we breathe, maybe go out and start changing things yourself. Pick up some trash you see lying on the side of the road, recycle instead of taking to the landfill, turn the lights out when leaving the room and donate to a charity that provides clean water to countries who need it.