Another Earth Day. Another time to reflect. Are things getting better, worse, or staying the same. I don’t know much about the rest of the world, so I can only give you my perspective.
In some ways, they are getting better. Right now there is a real cool canoe trip going on. A group of canoes and canoeists, sponsored by Save Maumee, are travelling the entire length of the Maumee River to promote the cleaning up of the river. Theey started at Junk Ditch west of Fort Wayne, hit the St. Mary’s for a very short ways, then into the Maumee. , They’re heading to Lake Erie, doing programs and press conferences along the way to promote the cleaning up of the river. This is the most totally awesome thing that has been done around here in a long time! You can check out their plans here.
In other ways they are getting worse. There are about a hundred subdivisions in our county and they’re building more like mad. Everywhere you look they’re tearing down the native habitat and creating non-native habitations. In my opinion, loss of habitat is the single greatest problem in our county and it seems to be monitored closely only by the plan commission.
On the other hand, there is a lot more knowledge and cognizance of environmental issues than there used to be. Most recently a developer tried to put a development in a spot where a public trail was planned. Of course the plan commission was all in favor of it, but the public outcry quickly made them change their plans to allow for the trail. This sort of thing needs to happen more often.
I suppose in the long run a glacier will come down from Michigan and wipe everything out, creating a fresh start, but I won’t be around then.