As far as we humans know, you are the only planet in our solar system, in our galaxy and in our small corner of the universe that has living organisms, including us. We love you for your support of life.
You have endowed us with many treasures: fresh water to drink and grow food; oceans full of fish; sources of energy such as oil, coal, gas and hydro power; and splendid scenery including deserts, lakes, mountains, glaciers, plains and so much more. For all this, we love you.
But we owe you a huge apology for despoiling many of these treasures. We also apologize for our overuse of the oil, gas and coal that have contributed to changing the climate so that lifeforms you nourished for millions of years are in danger of extinction.
Many of us worldwide are working hard to reverse or moderate these trends and to protect the resources we have been given. That is how we promise to show our love for you in the coming years.
Judith Bernstein, Arroyo Grande