Mo's Manic Monday - Earth

Posted: Monday, November 05, 2007 by Travis Cody in

Welcome to Peace Week!

Today Morgen, our Manic Monday host, tells us that we should post about Earth. Don't forget to cruise by MM HQ at It's A Blog Eat Blog World.

I don't care whether you believe that the planet is warming. I don't care whether you accept the science. I don't care whether you think humans are wholly or partially responsible. I don't care whether you think it's a natural and inevitable thing.

Get it? I don't care.

I have studied some of the science. I have listened to both sides of the "humans are responsible" argument. I find the debate quite stupid because both sides agree that the planet is warming. The temperature is higher than it has been. The disagreement appears to be about the cause.

What difference does it make? The planet is getting warmer and resources are getting scarcer. It's not about whether we can reverse the effects anymore. The discussion needs to be about responsible behavior RIGHT NOW with the natural resources on which we depend for survival.

Waste is never responsible behavior.

Remember when your mom said "Clean your plate because there are children starving in Africa"?

Well, children are still starving in Africa and in other places around the globe.

Children are starving right here in the US dammit.

Wake up people!!

It doesn't matter a tinker's damn why the planet is warming. It simply is.

Preserve our precious resources. Don't waste. Do your part to extend the life of the resources we have.

The history of our planet is vast and millions of years of evolution are strewn with periods of change in climate and terrain. Thousands of species were unable to survive these changes, but thousands more adapted and endured. And thousands of new species emerged and thrived.

Climate change is a global catastrophe because it threatens our human way of life and the creature comforts we have come to rely on so heavily. Human tragedy in the face of rising temperatures scares the bejeebus out of us. We don't want the hardship.

I get that. It scares me a little too. Catastrophic change has a tendency to do that. Wanna scare some folks? Just use the phrase "the end of the world as we know it".

But what does that mean? Does it mean we're all gonna die? Maybe. But maybe not. It does mean we have to change.

Will humans adapt and endure? Let's at least give ourselves a chance. Let's quit arguing about why the earth is warming. Can we simply accept that it is and do whatever we can to preserve the resources we have?

Why is that such a difficult concept to grasp?

Here's a simple thing I learned when I was 4 years old about water conservation. There's no need to run the water in a constant stream while you brush your teeth.

Last night during Sunday Football Night in America, the studio crew turned their lights out as part of the Green is Universal Initiative. They did pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows in the dark. They say they conserved enough energy to power a single family home for a month. And they had some fun talking football by candle light.

And NBC has pledged to power down the studio lights when they are not on air for the rest of the season.

Wake up y'all. Do your part. Conserve. Recycle.

Just do it.

Remember to join us on Wednesday Nov 7 for Dona Nobis Pacem. Just make that your blog post title for the day and post your Peace Globe. You might also add a few words about peace, but you don't have to do that.

Cruise over to Blog Blast HQ at Mimi Writes to get your Peace Globe.


  1. Sandee says:

    Excellent. I do all those things to conserve and recycle. What an excellent post for earth. Have a great MM Travis. :)

  1. Great post, Travis! I try real hard to be careful...I recycle always!

    HAppy MM!

  1. Schmoop says:

    Cute globe Trav. Cheers!!

  1. The year I graduated from high school there were 3 billion people on earth. There are now 6.5 billion people. WAKE UP FOLKS

    conserve, recycle ... think

  1. Great post. Some folks are spending too much time blaming and not enough time doing anything. A very timely message.

  1. Anonymous says:

    wow, what a great post. I was watching the Today show today and they had a segment on global warming and how it is affecting Greenland. Love your globe too. Have a pleasant Monday, Travis.

  1. we've always had so much is hard to get people to be just a bit less selfish.

    great words Travis!

  1. Shelia says:

    Very insightful and necessary. Have a blessed and wonderful MM!

  1. Liz Hill says:

    We are always on the same wavelength. Smooch

  1. A very good post. It's past the point of pointing fingers and placing blame. Let's fix it first, than place blame. If we don't get it fixed it won't matter who's to blame.

  1. I always come back to the line I have been told is an old Indian saying...

    "We do not own the earth, we are only caretakers for the next generation"

  1. I'm really looking forward to Wednesday. It is going to be absolutely amazing!

  1. Sandee: We just have to keep doing it and remind others too.

    Teach: It's one of the simplest things we can all do.

    Matt: And to you Sir.

    Jamie: That's a lot of peeps!

    Charles: We're a world of finger pointers.

    Bridget: NBC is doing stuff all week from different parts of the world.

    Katherine: You're right. That's why I think the fight needs to stop being about what's causing the planet to warm. The right thing to do is conserve.

    Shelia: I get so tired of listening to the arguing when it's so pointless.

    Turn: It's 'cause we understand.

    John: Exactly.

    V: Yeppers.

    Misty: Me too!

  1. NOLADawn says:

    You said it brotha!!!

  1. Anonymous says:

    The thing DO care! I am so glad you posted that. It is EXACTLY how I feel. Why do we have to over analyze every damn thing?! What's done is done. Let's figure out what we can do to make it better and prevent it from reoccurring!!! C'mon people...let's get it right this time.

    Great job, Trav! Happy MM.

  1. Jeff B says:

    You're abosolutly right. It doesn't matter if I beleive in creation or you beleive in evolution. Bottom line is we're both on this rock toghther.

    I'm with you for making it a place where future generations know what the words NATURAL RESOURCES mean.

    Great post!

  1. Amen, my brother. Amen.

  1. Linda says:

    I learned from my father at a very young age to turn off the lights, close the door, and don't waste things. To this day I walk around turning lights off behind people!

    This was a really good post, very well said, and I love your peace globe and Mr. Tucker!

  1. Noladawn: Word!

    CWM: Yeah, I care about the planet but not the argument.

    Jeff: Couldn't have said it better.

    Songbird: Methinks we are the choir.

    Linda: I find myself doing it at the office...I turn off lights in empty conference rooms.

  1. Julie says:

    **stands up and applauds**