In past posts, I’ve written about actions I am taking or planning relative to climate change – in some cases, I’ve conveyed some climate information I found interesting or useful.
This week’s post is different. In a few days, people across our country will be celebrating Thanksgiving and I want to acknowledge some of the things I’m thankful for.
First, I’m most thankful for my family, who has continually provided me unconditional love and support, and occasionally direction as I explore this issue of climate change.
I also appreciate my friends who, throughout the year, like my family, have shared insights and suggestions on topics I might want to explore. I’ve been especially touched by the many individuals who have shared with me that this blog has affected one or more of their behaviors (e.g., no more plastic water bottles or plastic bags) as these changes are the manifestation of the multiplying effect of protecting our planet.
I’m thankful for my health, without which, life would be more challenging. I have friends and family that are experiencing health issues and I think about their challenges often.
I’m thankful we live in a country where we are free to pursue our interests and have rights guaranteed by our laws. We are able to elect our representatives to carry out the business of protecting our country and our interests.
And finally, I’m thankful we have the means to live comfortably – not luxuriously, but certainly comfortable that we do not have to worry about our next meal, whether or not we can have access to healthcare, or a place to live. And I fully recognize there are many people in this country and throughout the world who do not enjoy these basic necessities.
Throughout the year, as I’ve studied the issue of climate change and global warming, it has been occasionally easy to slip into despair over the prognosis of our planet…. phrases like “our children will not enjoy the environment as we do today” or “we are creating an uninhabitable planet” bother me a lot. Thinking about that future, and what it will mean to my children, and my grandchildren, is saddening. But at the same time, I am reminded that whatever I can do to make things better, matters. And along the way, I can still enjoy the everyday joys of companionship with family and friends, good food and entertainment, and the satisfaction of helping those less fortunate than me. All of these things bring me joy and I refuse to let the prospects of climate change affect those joys.
To all of you, thank you for your insights, comments, and suggestions and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to it.