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.
Be it the vision of the Amazon, or a view from the shore of a different sea…soil of a different texture or a tree with bark made of colors we have never before witnessed…a language we don’t know or a new alignment of the stars…may we be thankful for the time to reflect, and the chance to stand in wonder of life, to bask in the newness…thankful for the reminder that we are alive.
Costa Rica has developed an international reputation for being an especially green, environmentally-minded country. It’s reforestation efforts, extensive national park system, wildlife protections, and renewable energy goals have made it a leader in environmental management.
Unfortunately, the agricultural and food production practices employed by the country’s large-scale producers (and increasingly many small-scale producers as well) are not aligned with these policies.
Food production around the world faces a major threat: the disappearance of pollinator species. Why, rather than shrinking at the possibility of a multi-faceted problem, we have not responded with multifaceted solutions?
I love these waters that are beginning to feel like home. They are untamable and unforgiving and beautiful and wild.
And I know that the sea carries out punishments to those who do not respect the signs–to those who fail to read her. There is no tolerance of those who fail to take a long careful look at the horizon, or for a species that satiates life giving waters with chemicals and trash and unconscious behavior.
These are the grim long-term consequences of our present day inaction.
“To live in peace in this world requires acknowledging and embracing a concept of shared destiny (and origin).”
Why not be revolutionary? Why not make radical changes? Why not make the small ones?