Earth Day has never been more important and timely given the recent alarming reports from the world’s scientists. We’re losing our planetary life-support system more quickly than they had anticipated, and they’ve known for decades. Our children will certainly suffer. We owe them an apology — and a habitable place to thrive.
We’ve had a great ride, but we used it up — most of the forests, fish, birds, agricultural land, petroleum and potable water — and we left even the air contaminated. We have to turn this around in a hurry. Now that will take a herculean effort on the part of individuals, communities, countries, industries and international organizations.
Earth Day is a great educational opportunity, and there are a couple of events for the public to take advantage of: On Tuesday, April 22, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) will present “The State of the Yuba” at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, April 23, the Grass Valley campus of Sierra College will host an Earth Day Fair, with many fun and educational opportunities presented by a variety of environmental and other groups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s a start.