We had an amazing turnout! We drew a human line in the sand in protest to drilling off our coast and in support of clean energy, like offshore wind. Off shore drilling would have a profound negative impact on our environment, our local businesses, our beaches and our citizens.
This weekend has only reinforced that fact that we have to be even more vocal and more active within our communities politically to be the change and keep our country beautiful, clean and environmentally safe!
I think back in the 60’s & 70’s the flower children, hippie culture, folk song writers and progressives of the day were protesting about and heralding the dim future we were facing without nature and trees surrounding us.
Never heard it before? You can follow the links above, or just read the lyrics here:
They paved paradise And put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique And a swinging hot spot
Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot
They took all the trees And put ’em in a tree museum And they charged the people A dollar and a half to seem ’em
No no no Don’t it always seem to go, That you don’t know what you’ve got Til its gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot
Hey farmer farmer Put away the DDT I don’t care about spots on my apples Leave me the birds and the bees Please!
Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got Til its gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot Hey, now they paved paradise To put up a parking lot Why not?
Those are the important part of the lyrics, the rest is here if you want the whole thing. These lines above were a foretelling by the progressive youth of yesterday. Too often that demographic is ignored, or because the thoughts are too progressive for some they are thought to be deviant or absurd. When will we ever learn that often the youth and millennials have a fresh perspective on the state of the future because they are even more invested in it than those who’s years go beyond that demographic?
That’s not to diminish the fact that the experience and wisdom that those over 30 have are important voices to hear too. But hearing the voices of the future of this world is the hearing the road seen without the fear of change. And hey, all of you over 30, change is GOOD, and often very very necessary.
Surrounding myself with nature is often the only place of grounding within a stressful world. Being among the trees I am reminded just how important preservation of places of nature, wildlife and sacred grounds really is. You can’t smell a flower on a computer screen. Sure you can smell artificial flowers anytime you want, but when is the last time you went out knelt down and smelled a flower?
“Scientists have known for some time that increasing temperatures associated with global climate change have a negative effect on plant growth. Expanding on this research, a Hebrew University of Jerusalem PhD student has shown that increases in ambient temperature also lead to a decrease in the production of floral scents.
“Increases in temperature associated with the changing global climate are interfering with plant-pollinator mutualism, an interaction facilitated mainly by floral color and scent,” Alon Can’ani explained in his research.” (quote taken from Science Daily: As temperatures rise, flowers emit less scent)
These things are profoundly sad. The slow but steady destruction of nature seems unimportant to some. But as Joni said “That you don’t know what you’ve got, Til its gone” is prophetic truth in the case of nature and wildlife. Imagining a world where we only know trees, flowers, and wildlife by what we see in a museum is a very bleak thought into our future.
So learn from our past and learn from our mistakes. Listen to our children, the youth of today and tomorrow. It’s their future and their children’s future and so on and so on. Do what you can, what is in your power to help preserve our trees, our wildlife, the streams and oceans, and the very air we breathe.