Saturday, April 23, 2011

Earth Day and the Pale Blue Dot

Well yesterday was Earth Day. But if you didn't notice it, you're not the only one. Because in Canada we love our dirty oil and our cars.

And we won't give anything up for anyone.

Not even the future of our children.

But Adam Winnick, an animation student at Toronto's Sheridan College, made a little video, using the words of the great astronomer Carl Sagan reflecting on the Pale Blue Dot.

And I think it's awesome...

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

But still we would destroy it. Let Stephen Harper and his Dirty Oil pimps torch our planet. And shame us in the eyes of the world.

Who will ever forgive us?

What madness is that?

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1 comment:

  1. I think a major reason why Earth Day was ignored is because it was also Good Friday, which is a statutory holiday in most provinces and federally, and much more important to most people.