There’s certainly been a lot of doom and gloom in the news lately about the environment, but I remain hopeful because I see a future population, united and motivated to change things for the better. I especially see this in my daughter, Betsy, and her experiences with FutureCoast. She made a video and I wrote about it on my blog. It will be Betsy and her cohort who save the planet, I’m convinced.
Photographs of this sculpture by Isaac Cordal have been circulating for weeks now, with the caption “Politicians Discussing Global Warming.” It’s a great image, and it resonates because people are feeling an urgency about our situation that doesn’t seem to be addressed with the same alarm by our elected officials. However, I think there is a better installation, also by Cordal, that speaks more succinctly to the problem. It’s called “Waiting for Climate Change” and it shows a series of average people, waiting and looking out to the ocean. This is the real issue. We as a people cannot wait for the government to “do something” and sit back and wait. It’s all our jobs, all the time, to be aware of what is coming and to each do our part to make things a bit better by the choices we make about how we live our lives. Betsy and Pierre know that, and we know it too, deep inside. The future is in our hands. We need to act accordingly. Or the people who end up in that water will not just be politicians, it will be all of us.