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Life As We Know It ~ a Commentary on Respecting the Earth

John is passionate about human and animal rights, social justice, equality, and the environment, and likes to convey that in his writing.

Image by Enrique Meseguer from Pixabay

Image by Enrique Meseguer from Pixabay

The Climate and Environmental Debate

There is so much debate about climate change and the environment, who is at fault and what we can do or shouldn't do to ensure the future survival of the planet we call Earth. There are climate change believers and deniers/sceptics, and it seems "never the twain shall meet."

An example of this is all the heated debate on social media regarding Greta Thurberg and whether her cause is based on genuine concern for the climate and the future of the planet or whether she is actually a fake and a figurehead created by her parents for fame and publicity.

Maybe it isn't so difficult if we all just stop arguing and show a little common sense.

Fridays For Future Rally, Image by NiklasPntk from Pixabay

Fridays For Future Rally, Image by NiklasPntk from Pixabay

Earth's Natural Wonders

A natural wonder must be a clearly defined natural site or natural monument that was not created or significantly altered by humans.

There has been debate over how large the list of natural wonders should be because the world is literally full of amazing natural features, but no consensus was reached. To fall in line with "The Seven Ancient Wonders of the World" here are the seven most widely accepted, and existing natural wonders of the world as compiled by CNN in 1997:

  • Aurora: in the high-latitude regions (around the Arctic and Antarctic).
  • Grand Canyon: in Arizona, United States.
  • Great Barrier Reef: off the coast of Queensland, Australia.
  • Harbor of Rio de Janeiro: Brazil.
  • Mount Everest: claimed by Nepal, as well as China.
  • Parícutin volcano: located in the Mexican state of Michoacán, Mexico.
  • Victoria Falls: at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

There are so many natural wonders on this Earth, and more are being discovered all the time. I couldn't even begin to try to list them all. A quick Google search will provide you with such an extensive list that it will literally blow your mind. Do check them out and put as many as you can in your bucket list to visit one day in the future. (source: Wikipedia)

Life As We Know It

The world is amazing, the plants and animals are amazing, people are amazing (well most, ignore the ones who aren't.) None of us knows how long the planet will keep on keeping on, or how long our species will survive and life as we know it ceases.

So, let's all just do the right thing and keep our beautiful planet as healthy as possible.

OK, that's the pros, now for the cons. Nah, on second thoughts, forget it. Let's all be positive here and only concentrate on the bright side. Spread positivity across the Globe, because negativity sucks!

Here is a poem instead:

Home Sweet Home

Save the Earth,

It's all we have.

They talk of Mars

But that's a fad.

I like it here,

It's where I've grown.

As the saying goes,

It's "home sweet home."

© 2019 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 14, 2020:

I couldn’t agree more, Beth. Thank you for reading and for your insightful comment.

Beth Perry from Tennesee on February 14, 2020:

Very nicely articulated!

I think we owe it to our generous Earth to respect her and treat her well. We can all change habits or lifestyles that are beneficial. But the doomsday ideology of climate change zealots is as helpful in this direction as the Spanish Inquisition was to the spreading of Christian ideals on love. Very dark, very intolerant, very authoritarian.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 08, 2020:

Thank you for reading this bhattuc. I appreciate you taking the time, and commenting.

bhattuc on February 08, 2020:

Good thoughts. Enjoyed reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 07, 2020:

Thank you Elijah. I appreciate you reading and commenting.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on January 07, 2020:

Very well done is all I can say, John, thanks for sharing your expertise with us.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 07, 2020:

Yes, that is all too true Devika. The climate change argument seems to always lead to negativity. Thank you for reading. (Check out Poems From the Porch 17 for your requested poem.)

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 07, 2020:

Climate change has shown us a lot of negativity. A great idea to share what you have in mind in poetry.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 05, 2020:

Thank you for your intelligent comment Li-Jen. I appreciate it. there is too much heated debate about climate change. I think we just need to discuss it calmly and ll try to do what is best for the health of the planet without blaming each other and fighting.

Li-Jen Hew on January 05, 2020:

Thank you for bringing up the subject of climate change. People can appreciate the values that Greta Thunberg have stood for, instead of seeing if she's fake. It's a struggle to do good for the environment but it's good that you are doing your best through a straight to the point and wise poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2020:

Hey Paula, always good to see you.glad you found this interesting, liked the little poem, and also John Mayer. I can’t ask for much more. I intend to have a good New Year and hope yours is as well my friend.

Suzie from Carson City on January 02, 2020:

I appreciate the interesting information, Jodah...I love your Poem, the John Mayer music is wonderful and YOU are a very special, talented man! "Happy New Year," my friend. Cheers, Paula

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2020:

Thanks Mark. Yep, common sense goes a long way.

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on January 02, 2020:

Nice reminder, John, about showing some common sense when it comes to climate change.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2020:

Cheryl, yes, it s hardtop deny. We see evidence of it every day. Glad you enjoyed.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on January 02, 2020:

I really enjoyed reading this. I do believe in climate change.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2020:

Australia is being devastated, Flourish. I have never known fires to the extent of what is happening here at present. Entire towns have been virtually wiped off the map, millions of wildlife killed and now endangered of extinction, thousands trapped on a beach, water supplies contaminated and undrinkable, thousands of homes destroyed, record temperatures still to come and no end in sight. To top it off our Government are climate change deniers. I know how bad it was in California and the Amazon, and they were terrible too...but the scale of these fire is almost unbelievable. There is really nothing anyone can do now but pray for rain. It is too late.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 02, 2020:

My heart breaks seeing the wildlife’s in Australia, the Amazon, and earlier in California. It seems like the earth reflects the madness that is going on in the world. I wish there were a couple of action items I could do right now that would help. I feel helpless when I see the devastation.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2020:

Hello Shauna. I was actually hired to right a poetic story about a week in Greta Thunberg’s life recently. Researching her was quite an eye opener and being under the world’s spotlight as she is must be terribly difficult for such a young girl. Her opponents are constantly looking for any small slip-up on her or her family’s part to attack. At least she has forced some to listen instead of having their heads in the sand.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2020:

Sean, my dear brother. You are right that we need to stop the blame game. We don’t know who or what is responsible for the climate changing but we do know it is changing. That really is not important and there should be no argument though that we need to respect the planet and do everything we can to keep it healthy, and yes by loving each other, all living things, and ourselves we can do that.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 02, 2020:

Short, sweet and right on, John! This is our home. We need to take care of it so life on Earth doesn't cease to exist.

I hate hearing all the negative talk about Greta Thunberg. I think she's an amazing little girl who lives by "put up or shut up". People are taking notice and hopefully, taking action.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on January 02, 2020:

My dear brother, Ecology is one of the lessons I teach to my students. So I have studied the theme of global warming and climate change in depth. All scientific data show, without any doubt that the problem is real and of enormous importance. The thing is that we are not sure about the source of the problem. Is our insane behaviour or is a geological phenomenon that we haven't observed before because of our limited presence in the life of the planet? No matter which the answer is, the wise thing we have to do is to LOVE this planet again, by loving everything and everyone on it. It is the only path, in my humble opinion, that leads back to the Source. To love our selves again and the One God we are. The first step on this path is RESPECT! I pray for this!

Excellent work here, my beloved Rainbow Poet! I am grateful!



John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2020:

Thank you manatita. You said it all very eloquently. Peace.

manatita44 from london on January 02, 2020:

An excellent touch for 2020. It pleases me no end.

Actually the soul is beautiful everywhere. We just need to be conscious of this. Have you noticed that the Saints have no enemies? People hate them, true, including the Christ. But they themselves know that we are made in the image of Spirit … like them. We are in fact, brothers and sisters of the one Spirit. What's there to hate?

So the answer is the same: Ignorance - limitations, bondage, imperfections … still, the struggle itself is beautiful when we can see why. The Saints do and to them all is beauty. Peace, bro.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2020:

Hi Liz, that is a great initiative. Good for them. Thank you for reading. Happy New Year.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 01, 2020:

This is a great thought for the New Year. In the UK, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have just announced a competition to encourage the development of products to protect the environment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2019:

Thank you Audrey, yes I totally agree. Happy New Year.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2019:

Thank you Genna, yes all my family are safe. None of the current fires are close by.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2019:

Mel, experts have been saying "we need to act now" for the last 15 years. It will get beyond repair soon. Sorry to hear about the pristine forest. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2019:

Yes, Linda I totally agree. Every little thing we do matters. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2019:

Thank you for the great comment Lora. If we all do our own small bit and be less wasteful and vigilant it will go a big way to restoring the balance.

Genna East on December 31, 2019:

Excellent, John! Everyone can do their part...but awareness is the key. This should be expounded upon and become an integral part of our everyday lives. By the way, I've been watching the news about those horrible fires in Australia. Are you and your family members and friends okay?

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on December 31, 2019:

Wonderful! Such an important message, John. We all must respect Mother Earth and show gratitude for her. Even small steps like picking up litter along the way will help. Refusing to use plastic goods and bags takes so little but makes a difference.

Thank you, John, and Happy New Year.


Lora Hollings on December 31, 2019:

Humans being able to colonize Mars is a long way off! And we have been fortunate enough to have been given a planet that is just right for us in every way. It is our home and it is miraculous. I agree with your wonderful poem, John. I love our planet. If we do this to our home planet, I wonder how we will treat other planets. We need to heed the urgent call now to change our ways or we will ultimately parish along with so many species, more who are becoming extinct every day, due to our wasteful and destructive ways. We can all play our part in changing our diets and lifestyles to a much more eco-friendly one and elect leaders who make climate change a priority instead of ignoring it and continue to rebut the facts. On the positive side is that we still have time left to change and save many of our species and our planet if we act now. And your article is a good reminder of that. A great New Year's resolution that we can all get on board with!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2019:

Thanks Peggy. I agree that little things add up. We can make a difference.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on December 31, 2019:

I'm trying to be positive, my poetic wonder from down under, but it is hard to do. I recently drove through the Pacific Northwest and saw whole acres of pristine forest that had been chewed down to the nub, like termites had hit them. Of course they were devastated by human logging. Whether one agrees with human-caused climate change or not, there is no doubt we are a plague upon this planet and we need to change our ways, and quickly. Great work.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on December 31, 2019:

Every thing we can do to protect our Earth is of value. Don't say "it doesn't matter--all of those little pieces of good add up." Thank you for the reminder.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 31, 2019:

Home sweet home should be protected as much as possible. Little things like the straws Pamela mentioned are a start. Many little things can add up to something significant. Why not do at least that?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2019:

Thank you for reading and commenting and reading. Yes there are people on both ides unfortunately and they need to compromise. Happy New Year. Your poem should be done next week.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2019:

Your comment is much appreciated Elijah. Glad you concur with most of what I said. Thank you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 31, 2019:

Hi Jodah our planet needs saving and it is sad to see how it has become in time. Appreciate it and love it but for some it is the opposite. A Happy New Year to You

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on December 31, 2019:

I definitely concur with all you said and more since, by the Garden in Eden metaphor, She is our mother that God, our father, blew life into. Do we treat our biological mother the same way or do we reverence and respect her?

I also accept, at least for now, the poem that she is my home. Thanks for presenting it, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2019:

Yeah Bill, that Earth train is a great one to be on. it's always on time. Happy New Year.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2019:

Hi Pamela. It's all the little things, like the straws you mention, that can make a difference without adversely effecting anyone's lifestyle. Thanks for reading. Happy New Year.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2019:

Hey Eric, thanks for the positive comment. lad you liked this. Good job on leaving a small footprint (even though I am sure you have big boots lol.)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 31, 2019:

No argument from this boy. I am on the Earth Train and I hope it always runs on time. :) Happy New Year my friend.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 31, 2019:

I agree that we should all get on the same page to care for our earth. I am not talking about extreme measures, but making a transition. Straws can be made out of plant cellulose and that will degrade quickly. That is just one example.

I hope it cools off in Australia soon. Have a Happy New Year, John.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 31, 2019:

John this was so positive it is refreshing. I know where I have lived the majority of my life was at least twice an ocean. Actually maybe more. I have cruised around and touched rocks they claim are 2 billion years old.

My son and I think cockroaches are cool because they lived with the dinosaurs. I was watching some show and he put a worm on my head. We know every poop/scat on our walk/hikes, owls are the strangest but coyotes are cool because they change each season.

I have got to to Zimbabwe and Nepal..

Now I do not follow the whatever Warming stuff deal. But if you saw my environmental foot print you would maybe laugh at how small ours is. California has sub our like use deals but we do not qualify because our usage is too small. I was just taught this from birth.

Great article.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2019:

Hi Rebecca, I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on this. I don't know how many Jodah's are out there but I think there are quite a few other people doing much more than I. I can try to spread the message through. Yes, I also heard the atmosphere on Mars was a little uninviting. Glad you enjoyed this.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 31, 2019:

Thanks, Jodah. I hope the world has enough "Jodahs" to save the planet. I don't want to move to Mars either. They say its hard to breath. I loved the poem and photos. And the list of natural wonders.

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