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An Earth Day thought: “Save The Earth” is a stupid slogan
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By Pat Cunningham
April 22, 2013 11:17 a.m.



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On this Earth Day 2013, it behooves us all to redouble our efforts to promote environmentalism and combat global warming.

But let’s quit kidding ourselves that our goal is to “save the Earth,” as the popular slogan goes. That’s not our goal. Rather, our goal is to keep this planet hospitable to us humans and to other plant and animal life. Earth doesn’t need saving. We do.

There’s a passage in Michael Crichton’s novel “Jurassic Park” that says it all:

You think man can destroy the planet? What intoxicating vanity. Let me tell you about our planet. Earth is four-and-a-half-billion-years-old. ...

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