Harming the environment on Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day. Appropriately it is celebrated in the same month as April Fools’ Day.

A Wilmington StarNews article by Cammie Bellamy listed eight local places in Southeastern North Carolina recommended for people to celebrate “loving the Earth” this weekend.

But wait. All of these places and associated activities could cause harm to the environment according to what we are constantly told by activist environmentalists.

Here’s why:

The Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden- If these plants are so precious (heavy fines and jail time is imposed on anyone disturbing one) and important to “biodiversity” why aren’t they totally protected from all human activities such as other “endangered species”? Crowds of people scuffing around them certainly destroy the naturalness of their habitat.

Cruising the Cape Fear River- Water boat tours contribute pollution to the water and air with oil, gasoline and carbon emissions. Why would any self-respecting environmentalist participate in that polluting activity?

Vegetarian-friendly restaurants- Plants, we are told by vegans, have feelings—they are cut, chopped and cooked before being consumed. How could any caring person do that to them?

Fishing from the piers- Fishing? Are you kidding? Government officials warn us that fish populations are being depleted. Do you want people to destroy the ocean ecosystem? Besides animal activists tell us it’s cruel to catch fish—they, too, have feelings.

Green Swamp Preserve- Why do you encourage people to build trails and tramp through swamps? Don’t you realize people are destroying wetlands? No wetlands, no seafood!

Airlie Gardens- This expensive government project is available only to local elites who can afford to pay the high cost of admission. The large lawns, planted areas, driveways, paths and buildings reduce wildlife habitat. They also increase water pollution from runoff of fertilizers, pesticides and animal waste. This land should be off-limits to people. We need more natural “green-space,” according to environmental activists. The area should be allowed to grow trees to help offset our “carbon footprints,” according to activists.

N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher- Aquariums are aquatic zoos. How can you promote these artificial watery cages to trap animals that want to be free? Some say they become traumatized by being captured and prevented from living in their natural habitats. Is this cruelty an example of “loving” the Earth?

Gary Shell Cross-City Trail- This very expensive and expansive project is bad for the environment. Millions of dollars have been spent to cut down trees, disturb the natural land and pave over the soil, reducing oxygen output, increasing runoff and preventing water from soaking into underground aquifers.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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