I have been in my head ever since last night, watching "An Inconvenient Truth". Mr. Gore is quite the speaker. He was able to present a huge amount of scientific data and it all made sense.
The point is this: The planet is in trouble. And we caused it. And we can fix it.
Geoff and I saw "Children of Men" today, and my mind was half on the movie, half on a conversation we had on the way. We would like to have maybe one more child, but alot of things have to happen before that decision is made.
When I was 8 months pregnant with Isabelle, 9/11 happened. I spent the day crying, holding my swollen belly, scared out of my wits that we were bringing a child into a world where a massacre like that could happen. It took quite a long time for us to come to terms with that day, and when we did, we chose Isabelle's middle name: HOPE.
I could go on and on about the current administration, but we all know what's going on. It is focusing on smashing the Middle East into oblivion instead of looking at this fragile planet and really seeing what is happening and what is about to happen.
Mr. Gore said something that was just right...I am paraphrasing here, but here's the jist:
When it comes to human nature, there are the extremes, Turning a blind eye and despair. But there is something between those two extremes...HOPE.
We are able to turn the tide. We can do things to heal this beautiful one-of-a-kind world. It's time NOW to stop "almost" doing things, and start to actually do them.
A good place to start is this link. Concrete, positive things that everyone can do to help. I have felt in the past that any small thing I do on our property, any choice I make won't make a bit of difference. But I was wrong.
The time for words is over. It's time to get off our butts and conquer this beast we gave birth to. We are all in this together, and if this blog does nothing except change ONE person's path toward the future we need, then that's fine with me.
Most of the people who read Susan Gets Native are at least marginally interested in the environment. They find beauty in a warm new bird's egg, or a magnificient sunset, or a patch of fungus on a fallen tree. I'm not so delusioned to think that I reach a large amount of people (We have Julie for that) but I know at least a few people stop by occasionally.
I am not going to turn into a preacher or anything, but my mind and attitude has been changed and I hope to take a few people with me.