Since I'm in the seventh decade, its not my future that concerns, its the nation that will result if we don't keep the natural world whole and if we continue toward ever more extravagant inequality of economic resources. The inevitable destination will be ruination and turmoil for next generations.
This morning, I'm on Salt Spring Island for a lecture by America’s leading environmentalist and educator/author Bill McKibben. Read Voice of Reason, Man of Action in the UTNE Reader.
Looking at the morning inbox, I came across this piece. The ending in particular seems worth repeating.
We Screwed Up - A Letter of Apology to My Granddaughter
By Chip Ward, TomDispatch.com
"...I know a better world is possible. We create that better world by reaching out to one another, listening, learning, and speaking from our hearts, face to face, neighbor to neighbor, one community after another, openly, inclusively, bravely. Democracy is not a gift to be practiced only when permitted. We empower ourselves. Our salvation is found in each other, together.I'll be writing more about Bill McKibben's talk at the Gulf Islands Secondary School to about 800 students and community members. It was an impressive event, involving young and old of this activist community. Of course, these are the people that elected Green Party leader Ellizabeth May to Parliament and she sent a message to today's meeting mentioning the all-party climate change caucus meeting that engages her this week in Ottawa.
"Across America this morning and all around the world, our better angels call to us, imploring us to rise up and be as resilient as our beloved, beautiful children and grandchildren, whose future we make today. We can do better. I promise."
Gwen and I are staying at Blackberry Glen Bed & Breakfast and this is our third visit with hosts Jason and John. If you visit Salt Spring Island, I recommend this wonderful place. A measure of its quality is demonstrated by traveller reviews at Tripadvisor.com. Forty-eight reviews are posted; every single one scores this a 5-star experience. I took this photo in the coffee room adjacent to our suite. Guys my age will experience a powerful beat of nostalgia just looking at the titles.
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