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Our earth has changed a lot at our hand

By PAM HANSBERGER • Apr 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM

This week we will be celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day. Earth Day is always a good time to be greener, plant flowers and trees and to talk about reuse and banning plastic bags and straws. 

But now it’s more important than ever. We can see first-hand the changes man has made on our earth. Day after day, changes in environment headline the news.

In Alaska, the fishing fleets are following the fish farther and farther north as they look for cooler waters. The same is true in New England. South of Cape Cod many lobsters are scarce. They like cool, deep water and have moved to find it.

In costal areas, like Miami, Fla., banks are thinking twice about giving loans for properties that are just inches above rising sea levels — or will be charging more for these loans. Concrete walls cannot keep the water out.

In the Gulf of Mexico, Luisiana is losing barrier islands foot by foot. Entire villages are gone and relocating. The salty water is reclaiming them. 

Locally, in Huron County, our weather has changed too. We have always had windy and rainy days. But it seems now we either have a huge down pour or nothing at all. I tell students about drizzly days when I was a child and I couldn’t go out and play and they have no idea what that is. 

We have come a long way. Our creeks, rivers and the lake are cleaner. Cars and factories emit less pollution. We recycle many materials.

But the challenge is to keep making steady progress — or the earth will keep changing because of the acts of man. 

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