I’ve been tagged by Su Leslie at Zimmerbitch to participate in the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge. The idea is that over 3 days, a quote is posted with an explanation of why / how it inspires me or makes me think.
I had to ponder this challenge this for a while since my brain doesn’t necessarily work well “on demand”. Like an old car engine, it needs time to warm up before its rusty ancient parts begin to fire.
Thankfully I finally found inspiration … at least for Day 1.
I encountered this bench on our travels in 2013 while hiking the Bruce Trail. It is a poor photograph, but the message to me was very clear.
Growing up in the 60s and early 70s with only 1 TV station, the Wednesday evening staple was The Nature Of Things with David Suzuki – a household name to most Canadians. Suzuki is a scientist and staunch environmentalist, still very active in his field as he approaches his 80th birthday.
Through The Nature of Things I began to learn about all the indignities mankind was inflicting on the earth. I learned about the various ways we were poisoning our environment and the impeding dangers of climate change.
I lived in fear of what kind of world I would grow old in.
Well, here I am 50 years later, and with a mixture of anger, sadness, and increasing dread, I’m witnessing these worse case scenarios becoming reality:
- melting ice caps and the increasingly speedy retreat of ancient glaciers
- increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather around the world
- toxic chemicals in our air, water, and food supply
- environmental rape through questionable practices such as fracking
… and mountaintop removal mining
*Big Business* interests seem to rule the world. They continue practices that are harmful to the environment while suppressing evidence to the contrary, and *Treehuggers* are mocked in their opposition.
This casual disregard for the environment is witnessed on a much smaller scale as Helen and I carry out garbage we’ve found and collected on the trails during our hikes.
We are failing in our obligation to respect and protect the world we live in.
Ultimately we will all suffer.