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We have one Earth--that's it. What do we do when Earth
is no longer habitable, through our stupidity, arrogance,
lack of concern or just indifference, about fouling our own nest?



      For many years, the PROCTOR MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE has been handing out the following leaflet to those who visited the Museum and when the Curator spoke at schools, civic organizations, churches, Scouts and many other places.    Please read this short leaflet.    We realize that many or most of our readers will already know the things on this leaflet, but it always helps to have another reminder.    Thank you for conserving, protecting and actively getting out the message.



Here is our leaflet:

PROCTOR MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
(CHARTERED MARCH 17, 1989 BY THE STATE OF TEXAS AS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION)

"TO COLLECT, PRESERVE, STUDY, DISPLAY AND EDUCATE OTHERS ON THE
NATURAL HISTORY OF THE EARTH, MAN, THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND THE UNIVERSE"
T. W. Proctor, J.D.--Curator       630 UVALDE ROAD HOUSTON, TEXAS 77015-3766       (713) 453-8363


WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP THE EARTH SURVIVE HUMANS
       Humans have become so successful in taking over the Earth, that we are in danger of killing the planet with our pollution of the air, water, oceans, and farmland; our overpopulation; and our killing off of other species of plants and animals. This is bad for people; bad for other living things; and bad for our Planet Earth. There is no where to go, so we must take care of our Earth -- every single part of it!

       Life on Earth is one big ecosystem. When one thing dies off, it affects directly or indirectly every other living thing. But THE GOOD NEWS IS -- EVERY ONE OF US CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. HERE ARE SOME WAYS!!!!!

         1. DON'T WASTE ANYTHING!!! Water---turn off the faucet, when you are not actually using water. Electricity---turn out lights & turn off appliances, when not being used. Food---buy only what you need & take only portion you will eat---don't throw out leftovers if you can make another meal of them. All products purchased--use only what you need and save the rest, to use later.

       2. RECYCLE EVERYTHING YOU CAN!!! Things which can be returned for recycling, and thereby save using up natural resources, include: aluminum, iron, copper, batteries, paper, oil, carpeting, glass, tin cans, discarded clothing, furniture, and many, other things.

       3. STOP POLLUTION!!! Don't pollute our water---don't pour oil, chemicals and waste products down storm sewer drains--they get into our water and poison us. Dispose of them in manner advised by governmental outlines. Don't pollute the air---don't burn grass, trash, etc. outdoors; keep your motor vehicles tuned up, so they don't put out pollutants. Don't use pesticides and fertilizers on land, except as actually needed, and then protect runoff contamination of water. Don't pollute indoors, with toxic chemicals and tobacco smoke. One of the worst pollutants at present is tobacco smoke. Anyone smoking in a home is endangering the health of all others, as the second-hand smoke causes a very large number of health problems to the non-smokers, even if smoking is done in another room. Tobacco smoke is insidious and goes throughout the structure. A new report shows that smoke may be responsible for over 20% of all deaths today.

              4. DON'T FILL UP THE DUMPS!!! Use a compost pit for grass clippings (add some vegetable waste from the kitchen, some sand or dirt sprinkled on, and keep moist--it will provide you with great mulch for your lawn and flower beds and keeps it from filling up our garbage dumps); recycle old newspapers and other paper, so they don't fill up the dumps; give discards to organizations which will recycle them (things like clothing, furniture, household items can be reworked by these organizations for a second life).

       5. DON'T LITTER!!! We spend millions of dollars a year picking up litter in our neighborhoods and on roadsides, because thoughtless people throw their trash out the window of their cars and other littering. This includes cigarettes, gum wrappers, cold drink cups, hamburger wrappers and everything that by itself may not seem like much, but it all adds up.

       6. DO PLANT GREEN THINGS!!! Plant trees and lots of green things around your home and office. Green plants remove amazing amounts of pollutants from the air, look pretty, and many can be harvested for fruits, vegetables, wood, fibers and other useful things. A community with a lot of trees and plants is a healthier community---and it looks much nicer too!

       7. DO RESPECT LIFE OF ALL THINGS!!! Starting with other people. Be tolerant of and respect other people's ideas, life-styles and their property. Treat all living things as important. Do not destroy plants or animals without good cause for doing so. Life is disappearing on Earth. We all have a duty to see that every living thing has a right to survive. This is good for us as well.

       8. DO HELP PROTECT SPECIES AND HABITAT!!! Throughout the Earth, species of living things are becoming forever extinct at unprecedented rates. We need to join efforts to stop this tragic end to the existence of things which have existed for thousands, millions or hundreds of millions of years, in a few years, because of humankind's negligence and lack of concern.

       9. DO READ!!! Read all you can about science, nature, the environment, and natural history. It is utterly fascinating and will enrich you, as well as make you more keenly aware that we Humans are ordained by God to be stewards of this Planet Earth and that we have the knowledge and ability to do so, if we can only create the determination of our fellow humans to do so.

       10. DO ENCOURAGE AND TELL OTHERS!!! Things people do, do catch on. If you are enthusiastic about doing things to help the Earth, you will encourage others to do so. IT IS THE JOB FOR ALL OF US, IF WE ARE TO HAVE PLANET EARTH AS A HOME WE CAN CONTINUE TO LIVE ON!!! Thanks for doing YOUR part in helping preserve the Earth for the future life of all.