remember, as a boy of five or six years of age, going with my family to the Tobique River
to spend Sunday afternoons swimming and picnicking. Our whole family; my mom, my dad, my
brothers and sisters, and me. It was a happy time.
At that time, we could pick any body of water - brook, river, lake or ocean - to swim
in without fear of contracting some bacteria, toxin, chemical or pollutant. We didnt
worry about waste by-products, carcinogenic materials or herbicides. These things were
furthest from our minds as we enjoyed the beautiful things the Creator provided for us.
This is no longer true. Today, even the water we drink can kill us. Farmers pour
millions and millions of gallons of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides into our Earth
Mother. These toxins then make their way to our rivers, lakes, oceans and into our ground
water. Chemical annihilation. And all of this takes place for the "bottom line"
profit. It is not as it was in the days of our grandparents when crops were grown
naturally, organically. Then, it was a process aimed at feeding people good, healthy,
nutritious food. It was much less about "bottom line profit", shelf life, looks
or supporting big business.
Homeowners contribute to the death of our marine environment too, and their reasons are
so much more insidious. While farmers often use chemicals on crops just to compete in the
market place and make a meager living, homeowners do it for ego. They pour millions of
gallons of pesticides and other harmful chemicals on their lawns every year so they can
create some kind of personal artificial kingdom that reflects their status. All of these
chemicals seep into the Earth Mother and find their way to our water systems.
The biggest culprits are the big businesses and big corporations. These "fat
cats" have no more regard for the safety of our Earth Mother and the water supply
than did their ancestors in 1492 Europe. It is their arrogant, uncaring attitude that has
brought our Earth Mother to the point where she can hardly sustain us, to the point where
our marine environment is dying, systematically and painfully. Human beings are killing
our Earth Mother off one drop, one tree, one blade of grass, one animal species at a time
- in the name of big business, in the name of improvement, and in the name of fixing
Scientists and big business rush headlong toward the destruction of our Earth Mother.
It will mean suicide, self-destruction, if things do not change. The pumping of pollutants
and chemicals into our Earth Mother and into our air will eventually poison the cradle of
all life: our waters.
This arrogant attitude presumes to dominate and conquer our Earth Mother. It presumes
that we, as small, fear-filled human beings, are to control this world and everything in
it with the most-powerful (richest) ones making the decisions.
That is not what the Creator put human beings here to do. He made our Earth Mother
perfect and asked us to care for her and nurture her so, in turn, she would always be able
to sustain and nurture us. It was a reciprocal relationship. How do human beings improve
perfection? The improvements are destroying our Earth Mother and will eventually destroy
We look at the ocean. It is so large we fail to notice how it is being killed off. We
have been fooled into thinking scientists will discover some way to revise the oceans and
all marine life, so we close our eyes to the poison that still comes from big business,
the farmers, and thoughtless homeowners. There is no magic cure to nullify the effects of
this kind of genocide. The polluting has to stop.
We have to begin by recognizing the facts and acknowledging what has been, and what
still is, taking place to destroy our marine life and our water supplies. Once we accept
this and reconcile it on a personal level, we must take positive steps to stop this
systematic genocide. But, it begins with us individually, with the recognition that our
marine environment is being poisoned one drop at a time, and if we do not act soon, those
drops will add up to suicide for our Earth Mother and all of us.