This past week, there was a big study on climate change. The IPCC study essentially stated that climate change is a serious problem for our planet and emphasized the role played by human beings in both addressing and mitigating the problem of climate change. I’m not here to give you an explanation of the IPCC study. If interested, I’d refer you to some other excellent blogs and websites.
There are also a lot of good people who are doing a lot of outstanding work with respect to climate change. These are people who are trying to do everything in their power to change the hearts and minds of people on the environment. These are people who are inviting us to think differently about the way we use energy and consume resources. I wouldn’t presume to minimize the importance of this work.
When we see studies come out on climate change, we can often have this perception, that convincing people on climate change is about having the right arguments and facts. While I don’t dismiss the importance of these things, I feel that we may wish to consider a different and more subversive approach to the problem.
This past Sunday I decided to take Emma out to a local park, with trees and big rocks.
When you’re the center of Menotomy Rocks Park, you can forget that you’re inside in the city. It’s a little refuge. There are other refuges like this throughout Boston, including the Mass Audubon Sanctuaries. These are wonderful places, where you can enjoy nature, touch a tree, climb over a rock and where you can hear yourself think.
As I consider what I can do about climate change, I pause. Is it about being more educated, or becoming more strident in my life choices? Perhaps, but I think there is something just as important.
Before, we can think about helping the environment and the planet, we might want to enjoy the wonders and beauty of our planet. With respect to climate change, a big part of our problem is that people are so disconnected from the environment and from their surrounding world. It’s hard to appreciate our role and effect on the environment, when we feel disconnected from our world.
In bringing my daughter to a place where she can appreciate the outdoors, I’m subversively showing her why this world is worth saving. I’m giving her a taste of something good.
Before you can consider how to save something, you should consider why it is worth saving.
If you want to do something in response to climate change, consider making changes in the way you live. That said, you should also take the time to enjoy the outdoors. Go to a nearby forest or refuge. Find a secluded spot and give yourself the opportunity to experience something wonderful. Once you go into the outdoors you might find yourself asking questions:
Why is it important to have clean air? What is the role of trees in our environment? Where does our clean water come from? How do our choices and consumption effect the world around us? Why is it so special to have woodland refuges to enjoy?
Lastly, if you wish to do something truly subversive take someone with you. Take a family member or friend to the woods. Let them enjoy the trees. Go on walks in the outdoors. Invite your friends and family to enjoy creation and let them see some of the wonderful things in our world.