It’s interesting to me that some big name folks are exploring space travel and working on ways to colonize other planets. It's ironic that instead of cleaning up this planet we're looking towards inhabiting others. Are we reaching the tipping point?
The Wump World
One of my favorite books as a kid was, The Wump World, by Bill Pete.
\Here’s a brief overview:
Some happy Wumps live in a peaceful world made up of grassy meadows, clean water, beautiful trees. The Wumps are grazers. One day their world is invaded by Pollutians. The Wumps are forced to move underground. Their planet is destroyed by urban sprawl, pollution, and the destruction of their habitat. The wumps are forced to live underground.
The Pollutians, who created the problems, discover that they can’t live in the world they've ruined. They abandon the Wump's world and move to another planet.
- Glyphosate is present in breast milk
- Waterways are contaminated with agricultural chemicals
- Confinement Farm Animals live in deplorable conditions above waste pits
- Confined livestock require antibiotics to keep them healthy
- Producers of Confinement Livestock use drugs so that animals grow faster
- Cancer rates are increasing at an alarming rate, especially in young people.
Reaching the Tipping Point
Along with the exploration of colonizing other planets we could start cleaning up our own. We could live cleaner lives; use fewer petroleum based products, fewer farm chemicals, let weeds grow in our lawns, and, since everyone has to eat, let’s grow cleaner foods.
Rachel Carson Wrote, Silent Spring in 1962. Her research unveiled that pesticides use destroys the balance of nature.
Bill Pete wrote, The Wump World in 1970 for a young audience, which would, in the future, inherit the destructive practices and shortsightedness of ignoring the environment.
As a new year approaches I wonder if we're really any closer to solutions that better our lives. If this ignorance continues I wonder what the future holds for the next generation. If the abuse of pesticides doesn't end, then we can't expect to raise healthy kids.
I highly recommend both of these books