Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Now I know that April 22nd is not Mother's Day which actually falls on May 14th but I couldn't help but think that the founders of the annual Earth Day should have considered proclaiming Earth Day to coincide with Mother's Day since "Mother Earth" is clearly the most important mother in their world. Personally I love the great outdoors so I spend my time and money accordingly in ways that support private enterprise and personal liberty. Although I don't agree with the entire worldview of my " more granola-like friends" at the Mississippi River Challenge, http://www.mississippiriverchallenge.org I am an active volunteer for this organization trying to do my part to protect Mother Earth via canoeing.
My overall concern with many people in the environmental movement is their tendency to be "Gore-bots" (Al Gore robots) via their advocacy of central government planning solutions such as restrictions to combat "urban sprawl" (which is simply people choosing to move to bigger homes and lower crime areas). One such central planner that comes to mind is Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union and currently the Chairman of Green Cross International --
The mission of Green Cross International is to help ensure a just, sustainable and secure future for all by fostering a value shift and cultivating a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility in humanity’s relationship with nature.
Doesn't their mission sound like a "workers' paradise" ? That is exactly the promise made by for the former (thank God!!!) Soviet Union -- "global interdependence" via the spread of Soviet Communism and now the former leader of the Soviet Union (Mr. Gorbachev) has wrapped himself in a green robe so let me encourage you to boycott all support for this organization. What is next for our world? How about current Russian President/Czar, Vladimar Putin, becoming the chairman of Amnesty International once he retires from the Russian presidency?
If you were out celebrating Earth day this past weekend take some time to reflect on this collection of quotes from a wide range of environmental activists and academics who are clearly trying to scare us into submitting to more government regulation:
Before 1985, mankind will enter a genuine age of scarcity…in which the accessible supplies of many key minerals will be facing depletion.
—Paul Ehrlich in (1976)
This [cooling] trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century.
—Peter Gwynne, Newsweek 1976
There are ominous signs that the earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production—with serious political implications for just about every nation on earth. The drop in food production could begin quite soon… The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologist are hard-pressed to keep up with it.
—Newsweek, April 28, (1975)
This cooling has already killed hundreds of thousands of people. If it continues and no strong action is taken, it will cause world famine, world chaos and world war, and this could all come about before the year 2000.
—Lowell Ponte in “The Cooling”, 1976
If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder by the year 2000. … This is about twice what it would take to put us in an ice age.
—Kenneth E.F. Watt on air pollution and global cooling, Earth Day (1970)
It's the end of the world and I feel fine.......................................