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Taking care of the only habitable planet we’ve got for the foreseeable future seems like an excellent idea. I’m with The Tick: “You can’t destroy the Earth! That’s where I keep all my stuff!” It’s also where a lot of the cool geology is. I mean, yeah, there’s plenty of that on other worlds, but it’s kinda hard to get to.

So I’m happy to accede to Wendy Kirwan’s request to give the kars4kids Earth Day site a mention:

I know you’ve written about Earth Day in the past, so I wanted to make you aware of a really great resource that we’ve created here in honor of Earth Day 2013. It’s chockfull of interesting tidbits and historical info about Earth Day. Even better, we’ve included so many suggestions of things you can do on Earth Day (like building a compost bin or turning an old t-shirt into a reusable shopping bag) and ways to take action for our Earth (purchase or make your own green cleaning products would be one example). We’ve even got an embeddable infographic/timeline that is just awesome. Check it out: http://www.kars4kids.org/earthday/

I did, and it’s definitely worth your time, so swing on by. A lot of those activities will be fun to do with kids. If you have a website, you can grab their timeline too. And yeah, I know, a lot of people think individual actions aren’t all that important, but folks: there are seven billion of us. If we all do just one thing, just one, to help keep our planet habitable, that’s a hell of a lot of impact. So don’t despair if all you can do is small stuff. It adds up.

Earth Day graphic produced by the Kars4Kids car donation program “Responsible vehicle recycling for future generations.

Dana Hunter About the Author: Dana Hunter is a science blogger, SF writer, and geology addict whose home away from SciAm is En Tequila Es Verdad. Follow her on Twitter: @dhunterauthor. Follow on Twitter @dhunterauthor.

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  1. 1. M Tucker 5:39 pm 04/22/2013

    “I’m with The Tick: “You can’t destroy the Earth! That’s where I keep all my stuff!” It’s also where a lot of the cool geology is.”

    Sure, no one wants that but there is no organism, not even humans, that can destroy the Earth. Not even a 6 miles wide asteroid, comet, or massive gamma ray burst can do that. Not even a VEI-8 volcanic eruption or a massive flood basalt eruption on the order of the one that produced the Siberian Traps will destroy the Earth. Not a world covering glacier like the one proposed in several “snowball Earth” scenarios or the destruction of the oxygen producing organisms will do that. Earth will continue. Geology will continue. When our sun becomes a red giant Earth will certainly become extinct. If Earth is ever struck by a nearly Earth sized object it may become a cloud of large asteroids with some flying off into interstellar space. Other than that it will carry on as before. Nothing civilization can do will destroy Earth.

    We could destroy civilization. We could make it very hard for humans and other species to survive. We are definitely contributing to the extinction of many species. We could even contribute to the extinction of humans. It is true that no other organism in the entire history of the Earth requires so much of Earth’s resources to live and creates as large a waste stream. That is what I think Earth Day ought to remind us of.

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  2. 2. Dana Hunter in reply to Dana Hunter 7:46 pm 04/23/2013

    You know what, good point. I should have been more specific. I’d like to make your comment its own post, if you don’t mind.

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  3. 3. M Tucker 1:02 pm 04/25/2013

    Dana, thank you for your comment, I am flattered. Please feel free to use this comment of mine, or any other for that matter, in any way you see fit. I enjoy your work.

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