This is what I am paying attention to right now:
1. Greta Thunberg is crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a sailboat as I write this. You can track her here: Live Tracker: Team Malizia and Greta Thunberg.
Greta has become one of my heroes. August 20th was the one year anniversary of her beginning the #schoolstrike4climate — just one girl who decided that she needed to do something. Now there are millions of us.
September 20th brings the next Global Climate Strike:
This September, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.
Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.
There is so much still to do…
2. The Amazon Rainforest is burning. I got into a discussion that is currently ongoing (if the other person responds to my latest tweet) over on Twitter regarding Finland urging the EU to boycott Brazilian beef.
I thought that just because I buy beef locally, this idea was out of reach for me to do anything about. Change.org explains Brazilian beef exports a little more here: Global Call to Action: Boycott Beef until the Amazon Fires End
Azaaz.org also has a way you can add your voice: Brazil: End the Amazon apocalypse! This is what their petition says:
As citizens from all over the world, we are horrified to see the rapid spike in Amazon rainforest destruction in recent months. The fate of humanity rests on the fate of the Amazon, and we urge you to do all you can to protect the forest, including passing laws to protect public forests and end illegal deforestation, and bringing international pressure to prevent further destruction of the Amazon.
3. And last — my own quiet life:
I just bought a house. It’s in a little town tucked away from the world up in Vermont. My newfound property ownership will play its role in creating who I am — how will I be a steward to the 0.38 acres I am now responsible for? How do I think globally and act locally? Where does my energy come from? How can I be more efficient knowing that winter is just around the corner?
I compost; I use reusable shopping bags (finally got enough to never have to use anything else — they’re everywhere!); I don’t buy plastic water bottles.
I am starting to think about my next car — can it be electric?
What will I be leaving for my child? What will the world be like for her? Will I be able to prepare our lives for the shifting weather patterns that are happening globally — how will this impact our food access? Water access? How will this impact my neighbors?
I don’t know.
I’m going to keep talking about it, though. Through dialogue change is made. If enough of us become aware, we can create a positive tipping point to counteract what’s coming…
One can only hope…
Responsibility is not convenient — it’s necessary.
Rethink. Refuse. Reduce. Reuse. Reimagine. Reforest. Rejoice. Rebel. Return.