Happy Earth Day from monument valley. This is one of the most iconic landscapes in the world. This is the wild west. This is John Wayne.
Land similar to this is planned to be auctioned off to the highest bidding oil company. Pipelines are leaking oil all over this country and despite protest we install more. There's currently an outdated oil pipeline under the straits of mackinac in michigan that it's not if it will leak but when.
In 30 years there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish despite massive cleanup efforts. In Michigan we allow a billion dollar company to pump hundreds of millions of gallons of water out of the great lakes every year only to put in plastic bottles and sold for millions of dollars in profits. Much of this plastic will end up in the ocean. Coral is dying because the ocean is too hot. Coral die, small fish die, large fish die.
The current extinction rate is 1,000 times the normal natural rate and that is increasing exponentially with some estimates increasing up to 10,000 times the normal rate in the next 100 years. We currently lose dozens of species each day to extinction and in 200 years half of all species in Earth will be gone.
People say "we need to do something before it's too late." I truly believe that we're past the point of no return and its already too late. It's not because we can't do anything, its because we won't. Greed and ignorance has destroyed this planet. I'm not innocent in this. I've put 160,000 miles on my car in 4 years but I still try my best to help when I can.
My solution is to keep trying but enjoy the Earth. If you have kids apologize to them then go out and explore while you can. This is still an amazing country and a pretty fucking spectacular planet.
This land is your land, this land is my land and it's a shame what we've done to it. "… I roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps to the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts..." #arizona #utah #navajonation #johnwayne #earthday #thislandisyourland #thislandismyland #monumentvalley