This post is part of this month’s Green Moms Carnival. Our topic this month is “hope or despair” and was inspired by a story of a man indicating he would use a gun to protect his food crops. You’ll have to head over to the Big Green Purse blog post on the carnival to get all the details.
At first, I was going to talk about the hope I see in my kids’ faces. They are growing up to be stewards of the environment, and that gives me hope.
But I had a bit of an epiphany right before I sat down to write this. And my epiphany grew out of the news coverage about the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex, particularly the worldwide reports of fears over radiation. I read a news article that radioactive isotopes from Fukushima Dai-ichi had reached British Columbia and realized that the terrifying fear that radiation from the plant could spread worldwide might just be a catalyst for people to realize that we are completely interconnected when it comes to the environment.
Completely interconnected. And if people realize it, that what happens overseas means consequences here, then perhaps the same people will make the connection that mercury from power plants on the United States’ East Coast can indeed pollute the Pacific Ocean, or that improper disposal of electronic waste in Africa can cause harm, or any of the myriad of other issues.
And that gives me hope. (By no means am I trying to make light of the the earthquake and tsunami, or the resulting suffering).
Hope that it isn’t too late for us all to realize that our individual actions or failures to act affect people thousands of miles away. Every single time you choose a plastic disposable bottle of water over putting water in a reusable container is a choice that will affect somebody or something. Just look at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch if you don’t think disposable plastic is an issue.
Those proud, brave, heroic workers that are trying to fix the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant should inspire all of us to do better, to be better stewards, to take better care.
And that gives me hope.