Earth Day is coming up on Saturday, April 22, and numerous events are being planned not only locally, but also across the state and throughout the nation.
Well-known environmentalist Jack Greene, a retired Logan High School science teacher, said every day is Earth Day to him because we live on a remarkable planet with beautiful species, including the human species, along with all other living things. How does Greene feel the planet is being treated by its inhabitants? He said most individuals are trying to do their part, but there are challenges that take us in the wrong direction.
“Of course we’ve become dependent over the last century, well over two actually, on fossil fuels,” he said, “and fossil fuels, as we have learned along the way—and we never knew this until we were well into being very dependent on it— is that it has its unfortunate downsides in regards to the pollution it releases into the atmosphere, whether it be mercury from coal or carbon dioxide and nitrous oxides and sulfur oxide and on and on.”
What can a good resident of the planet do to help? Greene suggested that we reduce our consumption of natural resources, particularly energy and water. He also said our food choices are important, and it’s best to choose foods locally produced when possible.