With Earth Day just around the corner and the re-emergence of all things green, Spring is always a season of hope and beauty. There’s the anticipation of grass growing, trees filling out, flowers popping, and spending more time outside. At Lumunos world headquarters, that means being able to get out for walks along Lake Champlain, going for hikes in the Green Mountains, and getting back on my bike. Mother Nature wakes up, and I again get to watch her do magical things.
But, in recent years, a flip side has emerged for me. Spring can amplify my sadness about how humanity has been foolhardy in the way we have treated our shared home. For several decades, scientists have been telling us that the climate and the oceans are sending unequivocal signals of poor planetary health. The pitch and intensity of those signals is rising. Every day the evidence is mounting that the threat of climate change to the well-being of the poor, our kids, the elderly, the chronically ill, and indeed all people and animals is very real, is already here, and is accelerating. Despite decades of data and debate, one wonders - are humans wise enough to reverse course?
Somewhere along the line, I realized that the best antidote for my anxiety about the environment was to become an “activist.” I can’t pin down when that happened. It was more like an extremely slow-motion Charlie Chaplinesque tumble. But, now the feeling is rooted and deep – a sense of responsibility akin to being a parent. Trying to do something has become like breathing. It’s not a choice and it’s become deeply spiritual. I guess that’s one sign that this is a calling?
A push emerged from a place I didn’t know was there. I’m very grateful that my stumbling turned into a journey that’s teaching me how to intentionally carry pain and hope, to just keep moving as best I can, to learn to focus on the work and not the goal line - and to know that I am connected to a global caring community that has no intention of giving up or giving in.
So, April has become a complicated time of year for me - and that’s slowly becoming okay.