Nature’s resiliency is on full display here at Yellowstone National Park, where new growth has emerged among the trees charred by the massive 1988 wildfires. More than 1 million acres in the greater Yellowstone area were affected by the blazes that summer, scarring 36 percent of the park. Today marks the 30-year anniversary of Black Saturday, a day when the park saw some of the worst damage, with smoke and ash blackening the skies. But when cool, moist weather brought an end to the devastating fires in late autumn, the ecosystem immediately began to recover. Fire has long been part of the complex ecosystem at Yellowstone and many species have even adapted to rely on fire to open up the canopy, spread seeds, and diversify the habitat.
Each and every day is and should be Earth day. We have but one planet. She is unique as are the lifeforms that exist within her. It is a great shame that as a species we are so careless, thoughtless and destructive to a finite and endangered resource.
Greed and politics further erode that respect and put not just the Earth but everything living on it. Shame on us and if the Earth destroyed us today, I would shed no tears – as we would deserve every bit of it.
So when she lashes out with floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, and sink-holes; instead of listening to her and correcting our bad behavior, we deny we have done anything or that there is anything wrong. SHAME.
It is a real shame that something that has been here eons before we existed is dying because of something it gave birth to and has nurtured for millennia. She is within her right to wipe us out and start anew; and unless we wake up and realize our mistakes and take corrective steps – nature always finds a way but we will not survive, there is poetic justice in that.