Like most people, we feel the pressure of climate change upon us … in the obvious changing weather patterns – extreme humidity, heat, our oceans and local beaches – more noticeable each year now – and highlighted through the media. We quite rightly feel the impact and, while busy in our day of working and making the $ to keep everything going, an overriding sense of failure intrudes stealing the sense of peace we once felt.
I guess for me, a swim at the beach or a walk admiring our extraordinary birds and trees – our unique one-of-a-kind wildlife – has always been the cure and brings balance in my life. It’s a time to settle my mind and reset my inner heart knowing that life goes on and there is so much beauty offered for free around us.
I look for answers for what I can do and ‘like’ and ‘comment’ on social media where I can be a positive influence – pass on messages from those more savvy than me to highlight the urgency I feel … like …. time is running through our fingers like fine sand … for what is ahead of us and now a daily issue to beat the heatwaves, high humidity and torrential cyclone/downpours and their impacts … well, something needs to happen … we need change.
After seeing the recent ‘youth climate campaign strike’ on 15 March 2019 by youth in 100 countries around the world including Australia, I looked for the why and read how one young girl at the time of her first Friday solo protest was age 15 – Greta Thunberg – who was ‘‘that girl in the back who doesn’t say anything’ decided instead of being in despair, wrote her own placard, sat on the steps in front of the Swedish Parliament in August 2018 and despite opposition and a lack of understanding initially from her family and peers, determinedly returned to those steps on Fridays. Since then she has inspired a wave of collaboration from school youth who“have been really frustrated and really angry … I don’t have a voice in politics … in the climate conversation …” to have influence by lifting their handmade placards with their own personal thoughts as a statement for change.
Greta’s words to her critics who say kids should be in school: ‘the climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is wake up and change … why should I be studying for a future that soon will be no more. People talk about hope … 30 years of pep talking and selling positive ideas and I’m sorry it doesn’t work because … emissions would have gone down by now … Yes, we do need hope .. but the one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere. We can’t save the world by playing by the rules because the rules have to be changed … it has to start today.” “I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act,” she told them.
I write this today not because I promote a political view but because I promote a people view. Life is about what we pass on to people – each other – and, very importantly, our young and very young. I want to inspire others to love our earth, our wildlife, our trees and oceans even more than I do – which is a lot!! a LOT!! I want them to have the once in a lifetime yet everyday, magical moments Graham and I have been fortunate in the past to experience whether it’s snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, swimming at our beaches in Australia – on the Gold Coast – South West Rocks in New South Wales, Heron or Daydream or Lady Elliot Islands and everywhere in Australia and for it to still be available not selfishly for me but for everyone to have these super amazing opportunities too.
I have learned so much about the importance of the unique interaction of our wildlife – birds and insects (some amazing colours on the bees), our coastlines and oceans (the blue whale with its newborn – so beautiful it takes your breath away) plus about our rivers and jungles when watching ‘Our Planet’ on Netflix and highly recommend this film … check out the AMAZING!! footage in the Trailer below.
“Today we have become the greatest threat to the health of our home but there’s still time for us to address the challenges we’ve created if we act now. We need the world to pay attention.” Sir David Attenborough.