During this morning’s writing, I downloaded the NASA photograph of Earth that’s titled the “blue marble, after which I went outside to watch the sun rise. I reveled in seeing the clear, blue sky, the evergreens standing tall—as they have for decades, the placid waters of Port Orchard Bay, the robins hopping about and seeking after worms, and the hummingbirds flitting to flowers and feeders. I thanked God for his miracle of nature with its life and variety of life, and I thanked him for having placed us on this blue-green Earth.
Last night I read National Geographic magazine, the April 2020 issue section titled “How We Lost the Planet,” as well as some of Bill McKibben’s 2019 book Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? Both writings forecast a bleak future for us because of damage already done to Earth (climate change, habitat loss, pollution, species extinction) . . . damage which is accelerating because we’re not acting to stop destructive processes.
It’s overwhelming, really, and the powerful forces promoting the damage for their short-term profit seem overwhelming, too.
What give me hope are, as Mr. Roberts says, “the helpers,” and there are many. These are just a few who come immediately to my mind, those who are in Washington State or who I remember from my reading:
Sandra Staples-Bortner (former head of Great Peninsula Conservancy); Jay Inslee, Maria Cantwell, Christine Rolfes, Hillary Franz (Washington State public officials); LeeAnne Beres, Jessica Zimmerle, Jessie Dye (leaders of Earth Ministry); Gene and Sandy Bullock (leaders of Kitsap Audubon Society); Greta Thunberg (a leader of youth and others who are fighting the climate crisis), Denis Hayes (organizer of the first Earth Day and now president of the Bullitt Foundation); Pope Francis (head of the Catholic Church and author of Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home); Carl Pope and Michael Bloomberg (Pope was head of the Sierra Club and Bloomberg is a philanthropist who has contributed millions to environmental causes) who co-authored Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet . . . the list goes on.
You too have such helpers in your area—those who are fighting for our environment, other species, and the planet. Thank God for the people doing the work of stewardship . . . for the conservation of the life, variety of life, and ecosystem—which allow us and our children to live, love, and pray—is one of humanity’s greatest challenges.
“The Earth is a fine place and worth the fighting for . . .”
— Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls