One day a first-grade teacher was reading the tale of Chicken Little to her class. She came to the part of the story where Chicken Little tried to warn the farmer. She read, “…. and so Chicken Little went up to the farmer and said, ‘The sky is falling, the sky is falling!’” The teacher then paused, asking the class, “And what do you think that farmer said?” One little girl raised her hand, “I think he said – ‘Holy cow! A talking chicken!’” Yesterday (Saturday, April 22) was the yearly Earth Day. Begun in the United States by environmental activists in 1970, the day now takes place in 192 countries and according to the Earth Day Network is,“the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year”. And how did I celebrate Earth Day? I took a nice drive in my car (instead of walking to the store), had the air conditioning on (instead of the windows down), bought some diet coke (instead of spring water), requested a plastic bag (instead of bringing a recycled one), drank my beverage in a styrofoam cup (instead of in a glass one) and all the time thanked God for His gift of fossil fuels (instead of giving praise to mother earth). And why did I do this? Because since I was born in 1951, I have lived through nine environmental apocalypses (over-population, air pollution, resource depletion, food pesticides, global cooling, acid rain, ozone layer, rain forest, global warming) and now here comes number ten (ocean acidification). Sorry folks, but – the sky hasn’t fallen, it isn’t falling, and it won’t be falling (until Jesus comes). And I’m not chicken to say so!
In 1969 – “In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct with large areas of the coast having to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish.”
In 1970 – “Science has solid evidence to support that by 1980, all modern urban city dwellers will all have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution.”
In 1971 – “By the year 2,000 there’ll be no ice at the North Pole. And snow as we have known it will have all but disappeared, with the rare appearance of a snow-flake or two causing children to wonder what it is.”
In 1972 – “Our state-of-the-art computer models show that by 1992 the world will run out of oil and gas.”
In 1975 – “If I were a betting man, I would take even money that England will no longer exist by the year 2,000, all of it will be under water.”
In 1976 – “In the next ten years, because of pollutants, only half of the sun’s rays will reach the earth. This will raise the globe’s temperature by eleven degrees, twice what it will take to put all of us into an ice age by the year 2,000.”
In 1979 – “By 1995, the greenhouse effect will be desolating the heartland of both Europe and North America with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots. The rivers will be dry while a continent-wide black blizzard of prairie topsoil will stop traffic on interstates, strip paint from houses, and shut down computers.”