We Need Humor and Goats
Earth Day 2017
March for Science
On Saturday, April 22, 2017, I stood in the rain with about 200 other people in the town square of sleepy little Lancaster PA to promote science.
People all over the world marched, in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., in New York and Australia. They showed up for science, they showed up for clean air and clean water, they showed up for answers in the realm of climate change, they just showed up because science is cool, and just about everything you have in your modern life you have because of science. Vaccines, plastic, catalytic converters, umbrellas, the list is long. So why do we no longer celebrate our scientists like rock stars the way we did with Albert Einstein and Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize and the first one to win it twice! Curie was so popular that people would flock to the airport to greet her upon arrival.
Relying on junk science is like mimicking a flamingo with its head in the sand. Yet, too often, science gets a bad rap. Science doesn’t live solely within the purview of liberals — remember conserve is the root word of conservatism and Teddy Roosevelt, a conservative Republican, started the National Parks Service. Political affiliations should not get in the way of real science. and to fight over dollars, passing the responsibility to our children who will have to fight for survival shows lack of foresight and stewardship.
But back to my little town of Lancaster. The signs were great, but the camaraderie even better. The world should be this way always, coming together to make things better. And humor always wins the day.
My personal favorite:
I was at the back of the crowd and since it was raining and umbrellas were blocking the sound I couldn’t always here clearly. One speaker said, “We need humor and votes,” but my friends and I heard: “We need humor and goats.”
“Did he just say goats?” It sounded reasonable to us. Know why? Because one hour of using a lawn mower creates as much air pollution as a 100-mile car trip. And goats? They’ll come cut your lawn (with their teeth) for free without the air pollution!
If we knew our children were going to suffer from decisions we were making today we would change our behavior, right?
We can do this, people. What are we waiting for?
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