Northwest NEWS

May 6, 2002

Editorial

Earth Day should be every day

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." Anne Frank, Holocaust diarist (1929-1945)
   Beyond saving a particular species, stopping urban sprawl, buying hybrid cars and not SUVs, reusing and recycling, and keeping foods from becoming genetically modified (all of which are good efforts), we need to engage in a global shift in our thinking. Picture Wiley E. Coyote chasing the Roadrunner off a cliff - we're still running, and just realized there's no ground below our feet.
   The global shift that needs to occur is immense but at the same time relatively simple. There's very little time for us to act before the human population doubles again from 6.2 to 12 billion (40 years or so).
   For the sake of the other species on the planet and our own future generations, this shift needs to happen now.
   My sense is that the shift will require a switch by the entire human population to a vegan diet; the reintroduction and use of hemp worldwide for textiles, building materials, fuel, clothing and other uses; a complete halt in the U.S. and other industrialized countries in any further suburban sprawl; and an acceptance and promotion of family planning on all levels.
   I am hopeful that the world's people are ready for this change. We only have one chance to live a full, exciting and peaceful life - this is it!
   Earth Day is every day!
   Albert Kaufman, Seattle