While the pope was in the United States he addressed many issues of great importance and touched a lot of people including myself. There were two topics however that touched a deep nerve within me. One was his position on the environment and the other was on making a difference.
The pope said he firmly believes the scientists are right about Global Warming and said it is our duty to protect the beautiful world God gave us and that we needed to do all we can within our power to protect mother nature and preserve it for future generations.
I agree firmly with his position and have tried and will continue to strive in my own small way to help protect our planet and our oceans, waves and beaches. Ever since I was young I have always been drawn to nature and the great outdoors. If I’m not outside for any length of time, especially in either the mountains or the ocean, I am pretty miserable.
Over the years I have noticed both negative and positive changes in the health of our environment. Unfortunately I’ve seen more harm done to it than good. I do believe we can make a positive impact and reverse some of the negative trends we are seeing especially when it comes to Global Warming and sea level rise. But we can only do so if we all help in our own little ways like reducing our use of chemicals, plastics, petroleum products, practicing ocean/river friendly gardening in our homes and places of business and through conservation in general.
I know there are many who honestly don’t believe in Global Warming and that’s their right but at the same time, even if one doesn’t believe there is a problem then it still doesn’t mean we have the right to continue to do things that are potentially harmful to the environment or take the approach that it’s ok as long as it’s not in my back yard.
With regards to making a difference, I know that sometimes when we consider the seemingly monumental task of correcting the situation it might be difficult to feel like we really can make a difference. I, for one, believe we not only can but have the responsibility to do so in any small way that we are able to.
It is one thing to profess our concerns or support of a situation yet another to actually do something about it.
Whenever I get the opportunity to speak in front of school groups about the environment I always ask the students if the feel they can make a difference. Generally most reply that they feel they can. This is refreshing and gives me hope that our future is in good hands and that they get it when it comes to their ability to make a positive change in the world.
So if they can and are willing to do so then isn’t it only fair that we do as much as we can as adults to insure we’ve not left them with an almost insurmountable task.
Thanks for checking in and I for doing what you do to make a positive change. I look forward to seeing you back here again next week.