I am tired today. My head hurts from staring into a computer for days, grappling a new system for work. At some point, I need to get away, lie on the grass, or in the hammock, and stare at the clouds. I had high hopes for my earth piece…but it’s going to come down to this:
The world is an amazing place…When I type this into Google, this is what I get:
Thank goodness for Google, and amazing images like these, which remind us how small we are, and how amazing nature is.
Recently, I read through the early childhood learning material about connecting children to their environment. It was so uplifting to read how committed the preschool program is to helping our small people understand and appreciate nature. Dirt Girl World (my favourite Facebook feed) is doing her thing to help kids connect with the environment and nature in a positive way.
We also do our (little) bit for the environment. We try to turn off electrical switches, and unplug adapters when they are not in use. We drive a second-hand Prius. Buy second-hand clothes. Buy in bulk. Recycle. Although we are still consumers, and we make unnecessary waste, I am sure our contribution makes some difference, no matter how slight.
Importantly, we are talking about nature and the environment around our kids.
Some people do a lot more than we do. I have full admiration for the campers out at Bentley, peacefully protesting against the Metagasco gas exploration drill planned for a property outside of Lismore. The Northern Rivers community has protested heavily against coal seam gas mining, but it still looks like it might go ahead. So campers stay camped and hopeful.
There’s a whole lot of other unpleasant stuff going on, which is bigger than turning off light switches. We do our bit, but then old growth forests in Tasmania are vulnerable, as is the Great Barrier Reef, and sharks off the West Coast. And it’s more than the sharks that are culled, or the trees that are logged, or the coral and millions of species of fish and underwater life that disappears – natural cycles, and ecosystems that took so long to become what they became are completely devastated.
Never has this book been more important:
“Mister!” he said with a sawdusty sneeze, “I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.”
I don’t really know what to do. Drive around in my Prius? Read books about Truffala Trees to my kids? Is that enough? I don’t think so. But right now I feel powerless and insignificant, and sad for what might not be here any more – the earth my kid’s inherit.
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Images sourced from Top Dreamer – 35 Amazing Places in Our World