The recent national disaster in Japan (and the chaos spreading through the rest of the world) reignited my belief about how powerless we really are. As I watched it unfold on the news, it looked like something out of an apocalyptic movie. My prayers go out to all those suffering the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and potential nuclear meltdown. Sitting in Nevada on spring break, I should have felt safe, but I didn't, because the event brought to the forefront what I'd always believed- there is really nowhere to run. The world is shrinking in more ways than we can imagine. There is no alternative to saving the planet because its the only one we've got. A lot of people argue that humans will develop the technology required to survive anything- I wonder what we're going to develop if we don't have a planet left. Events like this shake our lives into perspective-problems that seemed unsolvable become much smaller, and I realized how tiny our own worlds actually are. So, for the sake of protecting those tiny, fragile worlds, do something for the planet. Do one tiny thing a day for the environment, and soon, we'll all be making a difference. I don't know what the future is going to bring- there really is no waiting for tomorrow. And yet, within all this there is hope- there are people finding success, there are innovations being dreamt into existence, there is a circle of life. We need to break out of our complicated minds to understand how simple happiness really is. We need to stop thinking about ourselves for the rest of our lives, because Earth belongs to other beings too. Just because we think we're invincible it doesn't mean we are. Sorry, Descartes, I'm going to have to disagree on that one. There was a quote that used to come up a lot on animal planet- something I grew up watching and stayed with me always: There's only one species on Earth that has the power to protect all the others. Us. Think about it.