Updated: Jul 2, 2019
Planet Earth is rolling her eyes.
As preparations began to celebrate Earth Day on Monday, seedlings prepared to be transferred to the Earth in a celebration of all we are promising to do to save our planet.
And, Mother Earth sighed and rolled her eyes.
Who can blame her? Year after year, humans who use and abuse her commit to “doing better”, create catchy slogans for T-shirts and finally -- perhaps the greatest offense of all -- elects Donald Trump.
Insert eye roll.
Are there bandages large enough to cover the hideous, gaping wounds inflicted by the Trump administration on our planet? Sadly, the wounds are so severe that bandages simply are not enough.
While there is plenty of blame to go around, the Trump Administration has taken a seriously homicidal stance against our planet. On February 26, 2017, Trump's henchmen delivered a list of words to be stricken from all administration communications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Words like “climate change” were replaced with “weather extremes” in an effort to dampen the seriousness of the effects man is having on our climate.
On March 9, 2017, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt declared that carbon dioxide does not contribute to global warming, despite his agency’s 2009 study to the contrary.
May 12, 2017, the EPA proudly announced it will withdraw mining restrictions on the Alaskan headway, setting the stage for a severe depletion of native salmon upon which wildlife and Alaskan citizens depend.
Who could forget the abandonment of the Paris Agreement on June 1, 2017 with only Syria walking away at our side?
A big apology to the 25 endangered species the Trump Administration denied protection for on October 4, 2017.
Apologies also to those seeking information to make informed decisions, as the EPA website was scrubbed of valuable facts regarding climate change and ways humans could take action to help.
These are just some offenses in one snapshot of the Trump Administration in 2017 alone. Then, of course, there was last year’s declaration that our coastal waters would be open to seismic testing and offshore drilling – except, of course, Florida. Is it a coincidence that Mar-a-Lago is located there?
Is it starting to look like planting a tree or two on Earth Day is a little weak?
So, friends, an apology is empty without action to back up the sincerity of those offering it. Despite the anti-environmental record of the Trump administration, Democrats, Republicans and Independents must join forces to save our planet.
Otherwise, Earth Day festivities and gestures are empty apologies to the only planet we have.
There are no do overs.
We welcome Stacie Pearman as a new contributor to Not Fake News. Stacie hasdegrees in Behavioral Science and Criminal Justice. Her background is in Social Work, predominantly focusing on underserved and at-risk populations. She is passionate about opposing the Conservative movement and loves to wear edgy t-shirts to proclaim it!