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What Has And Hasn’t Changed

January 20, 2022

A few short thoughts for this week’s blog:

Look at the above photo very closely. It was taken in Yosemite Valley, California in 1963. What has changed? Physically, nothing at all; it would take a much longer time to change the physical characteristics of this magnificent place. Time works wonders and I’m sure someday in the very distant future, the valley will look different. But we’re talking about millions of years.

However, take a closer look. Do you see any pollution? Nope! That is what has changed. In nearly 60 years, the valley has seen increasing pollution. That fact can not be denied. Pollution has invaded every part of our planet as well and we have no one to blame but ourselves.

In 1963, the environmental movement was in its infancy yet things were much cleaner then. Now we have a full-on environmental awareness (if not compliance) but things are worse than ever. What has changed? We have grown a tad wiser but still have a long way to go. What hasn’t changed? We still put ourselves first before our environment and our planet. It’s time to make a change for the future…. in a hurry!

Photo: Yosemite Valley, California 1963 by Barbara L. Rizzi

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  1. Good observation, Allen, and well said. I just try to do what I can.

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  2. It is true that some places, especially in the West had clearer skies then than now. In other places, things have improved substantially. My beef with Yosemite was not pollution per se, just too damn many people!

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