People Imagine What Would Happen #IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak

Americans have recognized Earth Day as an annual celebration of clean air, land and water since 1970. But this year, the nationally recognized day seems like more of a warning than a celebration ― and people are speaking up on behalf of Mother Earth.
The hashtag #IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak started trending on Twitter on Tuesday, four days before Earth Day and the coinciding March for Science protests, held to fight anti-science in the Trump administration.
Hundreds of people, including NASA astronauts and U.S. forest officials, joined in on the hashtag to give a voice to our planet’s needs. The responses ranged from heartbreaking and hilarious, to sarcastic and bleak. 

#IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak it might say water is a precious resource that needs to be preserved for future generations. #ValueOfWater— Atlanta Watershed (@ATLWatershed) April 18, 2017
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Dr. Seus came to mind: "I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues." #IfOnlytheEarthCouldSpeak pic.twitter.com/dIBcsGkMGo— U.S. Forest Service (@forestservice) April 18, 2017
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#IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak It would remind us that it has no borders; we are the ones that create the divides. pic.twitter.com/d495BYMRJZ— Michael L-A (@CommanderMLA) April 18, 2017
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The nonprofit Conservation International used the hashtag to revive clips from their film series “Nature is Speaking,” in which renowned actors speak as the various features of our planet, including the ocean, the soil, the mountains, the forests and the coral reef.
Like Tuesday’s tweets, the “Nature is Speaking” series reveal a planet that is reeling from human’s destruction, yet aware of human’s dependency on nature. Edward Norton, Harrison Ford, Reese Witherspoon and Liam Nelson lend their voices to the series to deliver earth’s most dire messages.
Each video ends with a pointed declaration: “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.” 

#IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak Listen to Harrison Ford as 'The Ocean' https://t.co/3SO6g25JN0 pic.twitter.com/O2bHme1Kwh— Conservation Intl (@ConservationOrg) April 18, 2017
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"If you don’t take care of me, I cannot take care of you." @RWitherspoon is 'Home' #IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak https://t.co/Y5ClvSZRdR pic.twitter.com/NKyiWpEG1I— Conservation Intl (@ConservationOrg) April 18, 2017
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With Earth Day fast approaching, this week is as good as any to listen to what our planet might be telling us, even if it’s through the words of our fellow worldly citizens.
Read a round up of the best #IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak submissions below.

“I keep the world cool. Well, I used to.” Liam Neeson gives 'Ice' a voice #IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak https://t.co/fauX9HHOUF pic.twitter.com/xY75I0K0IP— Conservation Intl (@ConservationOrg) April 18, 2017
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#IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak it'd tell you to recycle your water bottles and/or use reusable bottles! #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/KWmlB5RcUu— UCF (@UCF) April 18, 2017
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"You treat me like dirt." @EdwardNorton speaks for 'The Soil' #IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak https://t.co/j94T0VaDjw pic.twitter.com/rpj9CjMCK2— Conservation Intl (@ConservationOrg) April 18, 2017
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#IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak she'd sayCarbon is the real C-word. pic.twitter.com/PM6XYqugVB— Adrienne Watson (@adriennefunny) April 18, 2017
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#IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak Oh, but it does. Babbling brooks. Roaring waterfalls. Whistling winds. The question is: do we hear it? pic.twitter.com/j6g9l0B8Ws— felicia ruiz (@katwomanfifi) April 18, 2017
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#IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak pic.twitter.com/BWWxWVOhfI— Wan (@DynastySavage) April 18, 2017
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#IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak If you won't quit poisoning yourself, at least quit poisoning me.— Cristina (@CrisHenderson) April 18, 2017
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"Please take care of me so I can breathe life into you." #IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak pic.twitter.com/l52jqUvnLc— Loggerhead (@LoggerheadMC) April 18, 2017
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“Well here’s a crazy thought: Stop killing me.” @iansomerhalder gives 'Coral Reef' a voice #IfOnlyTheEarthCouldSpeak https://t.co/FmnvI9jkOX pic.twitter.com/V941VOuXb3— Conservation Intl (@ConservationOrg) April 18, 2017
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