I have no idea what went down in downtown Phoenix this morning, but this is what I saw hovering over the city as I drove to campus today (pictures taken from the McDonald’s parking lot on 7th and McDowell).
The sad thing is that these clouds of smoke or general pollution or whatever they were are only slightly darker than the fog of gross, polluted air that usually sits over downtown Phoenix. Something very wrong clearly happened today to cause these specific clouds, but to this sustainability major (almost graduate), they represented the horrendous air quality to which Phoenix has become accustomed. Seeing those black, toxic clouds was like having a knife thrust into my heart.
Perhaps more accurately, those clouds represent a blatant disregard for our beautiful planet. They were a middle finger, a slap in the face to our great Mother Earth who has done nothing but provide and nurture us.
Days like these remind me why I have chosen my future career path.
Days like these remind me why sustainability is the future and needs to be our way of life today.
Days like these remind me that the field is growing, it is necessary, and it is what will save the human race from self-destruction.
And so – to all of you readers and to our great planet, I say with sadness, shame, hope, and more conviction than I could possibly convey with words:
Happy Earth Day.