I was really interested in getting a child's perspective on the very broad topic of "Earth" so I asked a couple of children to share their thoughts.
The happy 4-year-old I was holding in my arms laughed when I said the word and said that the earth was falling down on my head. BOOM!
The 9-year-old took things a bit more seriously.
He immediately seized on the necessity to go green (see his artwork above). As he meticulously drew the continents he discussed how his picture would include a speech bubble containing the word "Help" as well as indicating the effects of global warming. See the beacon of light on the right side of the picture? That is global warming.
He expressed concern about the state of our world but his worry didn't impact his ability to play with abandon when he was finished.
That got me thinking...
Has the Inconvenient Truth of climate change and what it means to life on our planet become commonplace? We were all up in arms a few short years ago asking 'what can I do?' but lately I don't sense that same type of urgency. Is it because it does not exist or because it has become a way of life?
As we approach Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22) perhaps we can renew our vigilance in doing what we can to combat the terrible mess we've made of things. The point that folks tend to miss is that the earth will continue to evolve and find ways to survive with or without us.