I don’t know about you, but those of us in the northwestern part of Canada are celebrating. Every year it gets hotter and drier and the earth is aging seemingly before our eyes.
It was always a dream for DH and I to move to Vancouver Island. We came here on our honeymoon and every year after that we could afford the trip. I craved the beautiful cedars, rhododendrons, ivy, and ferns. The lush greenness of the rainforest, the scent of the ocean on the air, the slap of the waves upon the shore… I could go on and on, lol.
Thirty years later we made the move and it was just as amazing as we remembered!
Photo curtesy of Tofino Photography
I’ve made new friends, explored this magical place I’m blessed to call home, and learned to feel the pulse of the land.
And it worries me.
The birds and wildlife that count on the weather to keep the forest green and the food plentiful, are suffering.
Global warming is not simply a term-it is a view of our future. Unless we do something to change it. Not soon.
We’ve just come through the worst fire season in our province’s history. I shudder to think how many animals perished along with our forests, crops, homes–lives.
The hurricanes in the southern United States destroyed countless businesses, displaced thousands of people, cost billions of dollars.
And that’s only the tip of a quickly thawing iceberg.
I know this seems all doom and gloom, but it doesn’t have to be. I think we’re being warned, shape up, or face the consequences.
The tide is turning. Many areas now are banning plastic bags, urging economical use of gas and electricity, and promoting more green spaces in cities. This is all good, but we need to do more.
Being part of the baby boomer generation, I think much of the blame lies with us. We grew up in a time of exploration (the first trip to the moon), innovation (personal computers and cell phones), and excess. Lots of excess! Plastic water bottles, disposable baby diapers, takeout foods. You name it, we’ve done it.
I’m amazed by our growth and embarrassed with our neglect.
And I thank God every day that the new generation has learned from our mistakes. My grandson knows all about recycling, composting, energy efficient bulbs, healthy eating, exercise, growing your own sustainable produce.
And he’s ten.
This tells me that we still have a chance.
I’m writing this, drinking herbal tea and listening to the rain as it dances on my roof, and I’m grateful because Mother Nature is forgiving if we just make an effort.