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Our Earth

POSTED ON NOVEMBER 13, 2013 BY FANGELSI

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The universe we live in is huge, insanely so, with the only the observable part of it as large as 46 billion light years in radius. In there lie galaxies, stars, planets, and all kinds of intergalactic matters and energy. But there is only one place, one small planet in the tiny solar system that has the ability to sustain life (that we know of, of course), and it is called Earth.

The Earth is a unique place, with a special atmosphere and physical conditions that allow living beings to survive. This is achieved mainly through the breathable air and the existence of liquid water, which when combined, is hard-or even impossible- to find anywhere else. Now that’s exceptional, isn’t it?

Sadly, though, we don’t even realize just how lucky we are to have this Earth to live in.

I’ve been wondering what Earth is like when viewed by astronauts in space. Will they simply see what we see in photographs: a beautiful scene of a black void with a blue sphere breaking the expanse? I don’t think so. As the saying goes, we only know the value of things when we are deprived of it. They will see a lifeline, a place where all life exists, and looking at the cold place where they are now, without gravity and plants and other human beings that we take for granted, they will feel scared. At least that’s what I think they will feel. Isolation will bring them to love the planet they belong in even more.

And from that train of thought I began to see just how ungrateful we are. Sure, we are always going on about “Going Green” and “Saving the Earth”, but do we really believe that? Or are those just pretty words we don’t find important?

As we all know, the Earth today is slowly dying. And of course we are doing what we can: using less fuel, planting more trees, donating to causes that we believe will save the Earth. That’s a good thing, but I think we will be able to do more if we realize just how special our Earth is, just how irreplaceable and unique. If we destroy it, where would we live? Maybe in the next century or so humans might be able to colonize other planets, but it won’t be the same.

I’ve reflected on the things I have done to save Earth, and the list is short. That’s why I want to start doing more, and I want every single person who reads this to start realizing the same thing also, and start doing more. Because we all need it.

Just think on the things that we don’t really need, but that we keep doing: using cars and fuel-powered transportation to places that are nearby, using chemicals in our water (really, does our toilet need them? They’re going to the sewage anyway), turning on the air conditioner 24/7, etc. Some of us might think that this is not our business, and that we have no power to stop the Earth from ending (it will end, of course, but we can at least make living conditions more bearable before the time comes), but every little thing we do, if we keep doing it consistently, will accumulate and make this Earth just a little better. And imagine if we get other people to do the same things. It will help considerably. It’s rather wishful, but maybe we can get influential people to stop polluting the Earth too. But we should just start from ourselves.

So, in conclusion, we need to start caring more about the Earth, because there is nothing else like it, and what are we going to do if we destroy it now?

P.S. : Let’s all pray for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.

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