We all know the statistics are, to say the least, sobering. Humankind is on a sure course to painful, abrupt change and we seem oblivious to it.
Here’s the question we should be asking ourselves this Earth Day: What will you say to your Grandchildren when they ask you, 25 years from now, what you did in 2012 to change this course?
If you are like most of us, you are doing something to lighten your footprint. But here’s the naked truth: nobody is doing everything they could or should be doing; no matter how “green” they try to live. Our very existence as food-eating, energy-consuming, waste-producing entities has an impact on the Earth.
But I do not believe this is reason to despair. Why? Because as humans we also possess the power to effect radical change when we accept that our survival depends on it. Economies can be turned on a dime in a crisis, and the unthinkable can become the desired in a flash in the wake of natural or man-made disaster.
So I remain hopeful that we’ll stop destroying the Earth’s rainforests in time for us to benefit from the life-saving wisdom and utility of its plants and trees, and before the balance of acidity in its oceans causes the collapse of the eco-system, and before the sweet morning air has lost its sweetness.
If you don’t know where to start, start by watching the Discovery Series, Planet Earth. No-one can be immune to the extreme intimacy and beauty of its imagery. There will be something that will guide you to the next small change you will make in the way you are living your daily life, and in making that one small change, you will be on your way to adapting in new and unexpected ways, doing your part to mobilize the Earth.
EDA Co-Founder, Ina Pockrass