What Can One Person Do?
30 Days of Climate Action and Inspiration
Do not underestimate our fellow human beings...
A few years ago, I visited a local warehouse store to fill my eyeglasses prescription. As I waited at the optical services counter, situated right by the exit, I observed cart after cart leave the building, each piled high with all manner of consumer goods. Big screen TVs, camping supplies, lawn furniture, giant boxes filled with bottles of water... and on and on.
I said to the clerk as she brought me my prescription “I wonder how long the planet can sustain this.”
"You know” she said, “I think about that all the time.”
I don't know why I was surprised by her response. After all, she too witnessed this cart parade, in her case day in and day out. Cart after cart. She recognized that we humans are getting it wrong... that some of our best human creativity is going into the products in those shopping carts.
She taught me this lesson: do not underestimate our fellow human beings! Within each of us is a deeper knowing--a connection with all life. We awaken even as extraordinary events shake us... maybe it's as we experience the most recent summer of smoke, or multiple "100 year" floods in a row, or the last three years being three of the hottest years on record. Regardless, we awaken to a warming Earth.
As we awaken to the specter of global warming, I imagine that many might feel scared, or angry, or even hopeless. Maybe they have already given up.
Most people don't yet know that global warming is reversible with the technology we already have.
We need to give them hope!
Think about it. The barrier is not that we don't know what to do! It's not that we haven't figured out what will work, but rather it is our willingness to act.
As we awaken to the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced, we must also rekindle our own love of life itself.
It is too soon to give up the fight for life!
Day 8 ACTION:
Share with someone you know the fact that global warming is reversible with the knowledge and technology that we already have.
Make their day.
P.S. Reminder: many of the Drawdown solutions can be accomplished with local and regional action--the type of action where one person can make a difference.
Denise Rushing is an author, blogger, and environmental designer She is passionate about human-scale solutions to global challenges and creating a more beautiful future.