Earth Day is Us Day!


I’m not a flaming liberal. I’m more of a smoldering moderate (and smoke-free at that). But when it comes to protecting my home planet, I tend to flare up a bit.

Here’s why: 

Pollution kills. We’re not just talking about the future here, we’re talking about right now. Pollution is killing people (and a whole lot of other creatures) in devastating numbers even as you read this! So, no, taking care of our home planet isn’t anti-industry or anti-economy, or anti-anything–it’s pro-life! And you don’t even have to believe in global warming to see there’s a problem. Here’s what pollution is doing to our planet right now:

  • Over 7 million humans a year are dying from air pollution
  • One quarter of all child deaths under age 5 are due to pollution
  • People with medical conditions directly related to air, water, soil and other forms of pollution: 200 million
  • People indirectly affected by pollutants (lower IQ, weakened immune system, etc.): approximately 2 1/2 billion
  • The economic effect in lost labor and medical expenses (never mind the immeasurable cost in human suffering): tens of trillions of dollars.

This is what pollution does to our planet. Every. Single. Year. And that’s why I say, 

Earth Day is Us Day!

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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16 Responses to Earth Day is Us Day!

  1. I am impressed with some of the innovative things being done to counteract pollution. But there are some places where it is so bad people can scarcely breathe, and I’m wondering what these countries are doing about it. Yes, I recycle and conserve as much as I can, but what can an American individual do about the massive pollution being spewed out in other countries (I’d rather not name names right now…) whose governments don’t seem to care and would rather condemn America?

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  2. I am definitely not a liberal and I don’t believe in global warming (which is a carbon tax scheme to dominate the world under Agenda 21, sorry Al Gore, but the polar ice caps grew by 50% and the polar bears are still alive), but I do agree that we should take sensible steps to care for the land, air, and water. Just not crazy steps like not eating meat because liberals worry about too much gas in the air. 🙂 God bless!

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  3. Personally, I’m radical middle of the road. Earth Day, and removing sources of pollution is all about still having a planet for us to live in.

    God gave us a world to live in, care for, and grow in – not one to trash as we felt like so a few could get large buckets of money.

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  4. pkadams says:

    Wow , I’ve never seen those statistics before. Scary . Coming from you , I respect this message even more. Consumerism is the root , I guess ?

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  5. oneta hayes says:

    There are also a few who are making bundles by yelling “Panic.” I’ve lived through the other “Panics” which can never quite be identified. Global cooling, global warming, finally arriving at “global change” – well no one can argue too much with that. History has demonstrated that several times. At least if I am to believe science. But, no, I don’t want to go back to the dust bowls. And I would rather not have fires burning plants and animals which are caused by “conservation” which causes fires that burn plants and animals.

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  6. Sandi Staton says:

    Horrible! And it’s only going to get worse.

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  7. The Lord created such a beautiful world, and he gave people the mandate to care for it wisely.

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  8. revruss1220 says:

    AMEN, brother! Preach!

    Honestly… denying the harm of pollution to the earth is like denying the harm to the body of smoking cigarettes.

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  9. We all need to be aware of the real danger pollution and find a solution! Great post, and happy earth day!🌎

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  10. Jane Lurie says:

    Yes! One of the many frightening issues in our environment that we need to seriously face – it is astounding that we are killing this planet. And ourselves. 🌏


  11. librepaley says:

    Sobering facts and a good strapline.

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  12. Jennie says:

    Smoking moderate… I really like that, Mitch. That’s me, too.

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  13. treetop76 says:

    Just watched An Inconvenient Truth which was made in 2005 or 6. Our government and much of the world knew or should have known but has done virtually nothing to change the catastrophic course. Now we are at the brink. Thanks for bringing pollution issues to light.

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