I grew up near the coast of Maine, and as a child, of course I took a lot for granted about my surroundings. After years of becoming ever more aware that everyone was not as fortunate as I, and that many, many people must raise their children in deplorable locations and conditions, I make it a point to count my blessings every day.
We are all busy, distracted people. We have kids to care for, homes to run, business to do, and money to make. Once in a while, we take a trip to the beach, or to the lake, or to a state park. Even then, how many of us fail to appreciate where we are, how it may be changing, or how long it will even be here? It is far too easy to brush those kind of worries aside.
In my opinion, the following are the ten most important fallacies when we consider our Mother Earth:
1. Our drinking water will always be clean and readily available.
2. Children will always have the freedom to swim in relatively clean oceans and lakes.
3. Food fish will remain plentiful all over the world.
4. The coastlines of continents and islands will remain just as they are.
5. No matter how large our population grows, we'll be able to handle it.
6. The governments of the world are on top of any environmental problems, so we don't have to worry.
7. Shell fish such as clams, lobster, and mussels will remain uncontaminated for our pleasure.
8. Lakes and ponds will remain full of water just as they are today.
9. Farmers will be able to grow crops successfully into the next century.
10. Disastrous weather events only happen somewhere else, not in my backyard.
My paintings, such as the above "Reid at Noon" and "Popham Breakers," serve to remind the viewer of the transient beauty, serenity, and value of nature.
For many more pertinent, evocative works, visit my website gallery at janetglatz.com
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