Driving me to blog about public issues is passion for my grandchildren to inherit a better world. Unfortunately, the more I learn about the roads we travel, the more pessimistic I become about the future.
Since I’m in the seventh decade, its not my future that concerns, its the nation that will result if we don’t keep the natural world whole and if we continue toward ever more extravagant inequality of economic resources. The inevitable destination will be ruination and turmoil for next generations.
Looking at the morning inbox, I came across this piece. The ending in particular seems worth repeating.
We Screwed Up – A Letter of Apology to My Granddaughter
By Chip Ward, TomDispatch.com
…I know a better world is possible. We create that better world by reaching out to one another, listening, learning, and speaking from our hearts, face to face, neighbor to neighbor, one community after another, openly, inclusively, bravely. Democracy is not a gift to be practiced only when permitted. We empower ourselves. Our salvation is found in each other, together.
Across America this morning and all around the world, our better angels call to us, imploring us to rise up and be as resilient as our beloved, beautiful children and grandchildren, whose future we make today. We can do better. I promise.”
I’ll be writing more about Bill McKibben’s talk at the Gulf Islands Secondary School to about 800 students and community members. It was an impressive event, involving young and old of this activist community. Of course, these are the people that elected Green Party leader Ellizabeth May to Parliament and she sent a message to today’s meeting mentioning the all-party climate change caucus meeting that engages her this week in Ottawa.