Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wild thoughts on Earth Day

Earth Day 2008 came and went, but not without some wild thoughts and strong language around the Koontz cabin in the mountains of Transylvania County. I had just watched a short, 5-minute

YouTube video that got me all worked up about saving the planet.

What? New Zealand has lost 90 percent of its wetlands? Ouch. They have some fine brown trout fishing down there.

What? By the year 2030 Glacier National Park will have no ... glaciers.

What? By 2015 about 450 bird types will be extinct.

What? Our coral reefs, home to 60 percent of the world's fish stocks, could be 60 percent lost in just 30 years.

What? By the end of this century, one-third of all species on the planet could be extinct.

What? In the time it took me to watch the video, 57 hectares of rainforest disappeared from Earth.

I got so fired up I went outside to try and save at least a portion of the planet but only got as far as the other side of the road, where I found trash tossed along the bank of my favorite river, The French Broad.

Then, I went fishing. One never knows how much longer the trout will survive.

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