Among all the planets in the universe, the Earth is the loveliest, with mountains, oceans, and all manner of environments, each a home to many kinds of creatures. Mother Earth sustains all life on it, including us humans. But her health is declining and she’s losing her ability to protect and provide for the creatures living on the land. The rising of the Earth’s temperature has disrupted the order of Nature, resulting in abnormal climates and natural disasters. We drive around in a car to get us to where we need to go. We use computers for work. We live in a house to shelter us from the elements, and we have to wear clothes every day. All these require natural resources: fuels for the car, various metals for computer parts, brick or concrete for houses, and synthetic fibers for cloth. Instead of buying new lawn equipment or cars or sports gear, people are increasingly looking to rent, borrow, and exchange things, whether it is from other people or from businesses. Perhaps now is the time for us to rethink how we use any and all resources.

Lisa James.

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