Yay, I’m back.

 

Yeah, this is why I don’t blog.

To be fair, I had things planned, but depression kicked me hard in the teeth for a week and a half. I wasn’t able to draw or write much at all last week. The only thing I managed to accomplish was pushing out a chapter on my serial, and only because it was mostly written already.

Enough of that. Depression sucks. If you’ve been through it, you know what I mean. If not, I’m not your research assistant and I don’t like personal essay. Google it.

Anyway, I’m starting to feel like myself again (anxious, easily distracted and prone to sudden bursts of song), so despite the absolute mountain of work I’ve been avoiding, I decided to take a few moments and write this first.

Saturday is Earth Day. As I’ve said before, it’s always been important to me, but it’s even more so this year, because so much of our home is threatened.

Here’s the thing. We are in bad shape. The Great Barrier Reef is dying. Temperatures have risen enough that we’re looking at a possible mass extinction. The ocean is littered with plastic that will take centuries to decompose. This is not even mentioning that chemicals from our garbage leak into our waterways and food sources, that pollution increases the incidence of respiratory diseases and that the soil itself suffers from the changing climate.

I know people are skeptics. Whether its the fear of being “taken in” by a hoax, fear of change, or just fear that it is real, a lot of people just don’t want to talk about it. DOn’t even want it mentioned. Some of these folks actively hate people for talking about it. I guess it’s easier to deny a problem exists than to sacrifice what we want to fix it.

But the facts support it.

You can’t have success without hard work, and you should always leave a place better than you found it. That’s what my southern baptist parents always taught me, and I do my best to hold to it. The Earth is no different, and it’s where we live. Take pride in it. Take care of it.

Peace,

M.K.

P.S. I’ve included some links to reputable environmental charities if you’d like to donate. If you feel more comfortable donating to a National Park, I’m sure they’d appreciate the help as well.

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Rainforest Alliance

The Ocean Conservancy

The Sierra Club

Environmental Defense Fund

World Wildlife Federation

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