I’m always amazed by those who worry about passing the nation’s debt on to their offspring but don’t think twice about ensuring those offspring have an earth to live on in the first place. Not until a major catastrophe occurs will those people acknowledge the damage humans have done and are doing to our planet. Species lost, forests felled, waters dying—even if climate change weren’t a concern, we could still spend the rest of mankind’s existence trying to rectify the damage already done.
Culled from 16 images originally published on Salon.com, the photos here show some of the gross assaults we humans have waged on our planet. They are enough to make you cry out in pain.
Now, just imagine how Mother Earth feels.
A lifelong communicator, I'm pretty sure I came out of the womb talking. But with no siblings to chat and play with, I learned to express myself in writing. My subsequent birth as a politics junkie came while I watched my father, a career Marine, sob uncontrollably over Kennedy's assassination. Intuitively, I knew the world would never be the same, and I should pay attention. So I did.
Now, some 50 years later, I find myself dumbfounded by the trajectory of American politics and the prevalence of ignorance, bigotry, hate, and violence. I started Two Cents of Sense, hoping to help change that trajectory and to promote progressives' conversation, knowledge sharing, and actions.