The New York Times published a recent article titled “A Wrenching Choice for Alaska Towns in the Path of Climate Change”. The article centered on the fate of the Inupiat—a group that has livedContinue reading
Maybe, just maybe, we have a choice.
We can dare to do the unthinkable.
I hope, as I move forward (throughout both my personal and professional life), that I continue to speak out from a place of love and passion for this beautiful planet. I hope to come back to the feeling I have in these circles again and again and again by continually putting myself out there. By raising my voice. By being both peaceful and wild. By being mostly rational and yet, and YET, being a firm believer in the impossible, too.
I hope that we’ll take what we saw in Rio as a reminder of our own domestic environmental policies and regulatory failures. I hope we’ll continue to work to do better. I hope the kind of activism and determination that culminated in the Clean Water Act will carry into the future, uplifted on a new generation committed to local, regional, and national activism.
Truthfully, a lot of what is going on in the world, and a lot of what I study, is fundamentally violent. But paying attention to the violence we as a species continue to both consciously and unconsciously enact upon our Earth and each other only makes my walks in the woods feel ever more essential. I rely on the spiritual experience that the wilds provide me—the chance to go home—as a source of restoration and a reminder of our boundless power and agency to create change.
I’m ready to go as far and for as long as we can. My only expectation is to come back different.
These are incredible times to be an environmentalist. Of course it’s hard—we’re up against some of the greatest challenges this Earth has ever faced—and the majority of these trials and predicaments human-created. Still, when someone says, “It’s really hard right now”, I can’t help but think that, well, of course it is. That’s why we’re here, right now. We’ve been given us this time and this space and these battles because we are the people for whom they belong.