The environment doesn’t belong to any particular political party, be it Democratic, Republican, or Independent. It is not the property of any corporation, even though companies like Monsanto like to think they can control it at will. It doesn’t care which team wins the game, it doesn’t pick favorites, and it doesn’t discriminate based on age, sex, religion, or sexual preference. The environment has only one purpose: it allows life on earth to flourish and survive. That’s it. That’s all it does. And without a healthy environment, all living things on earth would cease to be. Period. The end.
Sadly, some pundits, journalists, foundations, and politicians alike try to take environmental issues and use them as political talking points, taking the side of greedy polluters in order to keep the campaign donations rolling in. Need money for your campaign? Just blurt out anything like “global warming is a myth” and presto – an oil company will deposit a couple million in your coffers. They are willing to pay any amount, to any politician, in order to protect the billions in profits they make from destroying the planet. These corporations have plenty of money to throw around in support of their polluting ways, but environmental issues don’t even belong being discussed in political circles. The health and safety of our home planet is of the upmost importance to everyone, including those hell-bent on raping the earth of every last drop of fossil fuel.
If you don’t believe in climate change, that’s ok with me. Find the handful of “scientists” who say it’s all bunk, buy into it line, hook, and sinker, and stick to that version of “fact.” I can understand your skepticism, I really can. And if you are skeptical, I encourage you to look for real information and real facts, not hyperbole. But true skepticism is a far cry from politicians and organizations accepting money for turning a blind eye to scientific truth. Almost everything gets turned into a political issue in order to garner votes or favor, but the environment? We all need a healthy world – the rich, the poor, politicians, hippies, and everyone in-between. You would think that eventually even the most die-hard climate change denier would at least acknowledge that it’s probably not a good idea to pollute the air we breathe, regardless of whether it leads to climate change or not.
Concern for our environment should not belong to one particular political party. All parties should care about the planet just the same. It is all of ours, and everyone should be working together to make sure it is protected from those who wish to harm it, regardless of political convictions. No one wants to live in a smog-choked world full of trash, chemicals, and dirty water. So let’s stop pretending we aren’t all here on the same planet, leave the polluters out of the conversation, and somehow move forward working together to clean up the mess. Republicans and Democrats alike need a clean place to call home; let’s stop it with the partisan bullshit on environmental issues. There is no place for it.