April 22 is Earth Day. People all over the world think about our planet. They say our planet is in danger. The life on the Earth is changing. We try to make our life more comfortable, but we often forget that the more we build new factories and plants, the stations, the railways, the more we cut the trees for our needs, the more we kill the animals and birds, the more we damage our nature the less we have. Nowadays everybody understand that we, people must protect the life on the Earth if we want to survive ourselves. The changes have taken place everywhere: the water, the air is polluted, the plants, the animals and birds are disappearing. Some rare plants, birds and animals are protected by the law. But thanks to our activities many of them have already disappeared.
Plants are the basis of our life on Earth. Yet now, in Britain's countryside, wild plants are being destroyed on a scale never known before, by pollution, neglect and wanton habitat destruction.
Meadows, heaths, hedges, bogs and woods - gone forever.
Each year 5,000 miles of hedgerow disappear - and the insects, birds and animals they support. Half our ancient woods have been destroyed; and in the remainder, bluebells, wild daffodils and snowdrops are plundered for the horticultural trade. The way people live has changed the climate on our planet. Nowadays the temperature is rising. You do not have real Russian winter in Moscow any more. In the north of Europe the climate has become milder too. If the temperature grows by 3-4 degrees it will be impossible to live on the planet.
It may sound funny to you, but man needs protection and care as much as animals do. People's habitats- their homes, towns and cities- must be kept ecologically clean. In the places where people drink poisoned water, eat bad food and breathe polluted air they suffer from serious diseases and die early; their children are born weak. No medicines prescribed by the doctors can help them. This problem becomes more and more serious with every passing day. The modern way of life when people have little physical activity, use cars instead of walking, watch television for many hours and work on computers is turning them into legless creatures.
We are the earth through the plants and animals that nourish us.
We are the rains and the oceans that flow through our veins.
We are the breath of the forests of the land, and the plants of the sea.
We are human animals, related to all other life as descendants of the firstborn cell.
We share with these kin a common history, written in our genes.
We share a common present, filled with uncertainty.
And we share a common future, as yet untold.
We humans are but one of thirty million species weaving the thin layer of life enveloping the world.
The stability of communities of living things depends upon this diversity.
Linked in that web, we are interconnected- using, cleansing, sharing and replenishing the fundamental elements of life.
Our home, planet Earth, is finite; all life shares its resources and its energy from the sun, and therefore has limits to growth.
For the first time, we have touched those limits.
When we compromise the air, the water, the soil and variety of life, we steal from the endless future to serve the fleeting present.
We may deny these things, but we cannot change them.
Humans have become so numerous and our tools so powerful that we have driven fellow creatures to extinction, damned the great rivers, torn down ancient forests, poisoned the earth, rain and wind, and ripped holes in the sky. Our science has brought pain as well as joy; our comfort is paid for by the suffering of millions.
We are learning from our mistakes, we are mourning our vanished kin, and now we build a new politics of hope. We respect and uphold the absolute need for clean air, water and soil. We see that economic activities that benefit the few while shrinking the inheritance of many are wrong. And since environmental degradation erodes biological capital forever, full ecological and social cost must enter all equations of development.
We are one brief generation in the long march of time; the future is not ours to erase.So where knowledge is limited, we will remember all those who will walk after us, and err on the side of caution.
All this that we know and believe must now become the foundation of the way we live. At this turning point in our relationship with Earth, we work for an evolution: from dominance to partnership; from fragmentation to connection; from insecurity to interdependence.