Each year on April 22nd, humans celebrate their planet. Mother Earth is now 4.56 billion years old and has never been so hot. She would have rather been tranquil and chilled, but the monkeys that organise the celebration in her honour are also the ones who seem to be depleting its resources and its diversity.

Their “scientists” (that’s what they call their experts on reality) have concluded about 200 years ago that at least some of their activities had direct physical consequences on the balance of their life support system. Where a normal civilisation would have taken the necessary steps to preserve all life support systems, something strange happened to this species.

As more and more voices recognised the importance and significance of their impact on the planet, others started emphasising the exact opposite, despite mounting evidence of their blatant falsehoods. Unsurprisingly, those were the people that had or still did benefit the system that caused so much toxicity and unbalance.

Humans could not say they did not see it coming. It seems that the entangled system in which they operated prevented them from effectively implement solutions and prevent further destruction of their life support system. Most obvious was the rapid decline of the other living species occupying this planet. Virtually all other life forms – save for a few marginal creatures bringing direct benefits to humans such as wheat, cows or soy – declined under the repeated assaults of pollution, hunting and habitat reduction.

What a curious species this is. In the 1970s, an alliance of politicians (human leaders), students (human learners) and scientists (human experts in reality) declared April 22nd (a point in their calendar nearing their planetary equinox) a day to save the planet. Save the life support system. One of their most talented storyteller and researcher, a woman named Rachel Carson, once declared “In nature, nothing exists alone”, hinting that at least some members of this species had understood the interdependence of life on Earth.

This year’s Earth Day is dedicated to protecting the species of this blue planet. We’re quite jealous of the life they still have. What is more, the life on this planet appears to be extremely resilient, having resisted 6 crises caused by external factors, and most recently, by one of the species of this congregation. We are confident that life will continue in this isolated part of the universe. However, this is dependent on the intelligence and actions of a primitive type of monkey with a strange fascination for shiny metals – a bit like that other “magpie” species they have there. 

Nonetheless, we have never seen, throughout our space travels, such a diverse and beautiful planet. These monkeys are not too shabby and, to be perfectly objective, quite ingenious. For example, they have figured out a way to use the milk from other species to create an ice-cold cream they eat to fight the rising temperature of their planet. Not enough, but we must admit this is a start.