15 October 2009

Theme Thursday-Climate Change

To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.” --Rachel Carson




Water has the power to give and take life. Global warming is changing weather patterns throughout the world so that dust storms in June Saville's Australia are becoming commonplace. My love of the southwest comes with an understanding that the quest for water has been going on for centuries. The dams, while insuring the availability of water, have changed the environment, destroyed tribal burial grounds and ruins and caused the extinction of many types of wildlife. The droughts of the last decade have allowed a beetle to take root in many of the trees located throughout Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado causing them to become even more susceptible to fire and certain death.

I treasure my walks. It keeps me focused and close to what is real. The more people are allowed to experience nature, the more they will stand up and fight for it. Therefore, I talk and write about my hikes to whoever will listen! I contribute to causes that protect our National Park System, keep green spaces green  and protect our wildlife. Conserving resources, like water and energy, do make a difference. I drive less, carry my water to work in a reusable Sigg bottle, unplug and turn-off as much as I can whenever I leave my home and office.

Margaret Mead said it best, "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

18 comments:

Colette Amelia said...

I think you are correct when you say that people who get out and experience nature will fight for her...how could one not? It is the essense of life!

...mmm... said...

I think nature is far bigger than myself or us lot but I do admire your lovely walks. how inspiring.

Wings said...

Gotta do our little parts. I love my walks, too, escpecially when it is really quiet and I am alone. Peace there.

Brian Miller said...

i love the mead quote and use it often when i am speaking. you are right that the more we are out in nature the greater our appreciation seems to be. i take a lot of the kids i counsel out into the woods. for many it is their first time. it has an amazing way of helping them find peace with the things that haunt them.

Poetikat said...

I like the Margaret Mead quote; if only it weren't a small group, but a large one.

Roy said...

I know what you mean. I'm out every day, weather permitting, walking the beach, the Cliff Walk, the trails in the woods, or in the salt marsh, and it's made me a fierce environmentalist. Good post!

e said...

Great post and photos and the Margaret Mead quote is one we should always remember.

Baino said...

The quote is awesome and I live in hope that the group of concerned global citizens is broadening. First a small group, then a mob, then a force for change. Baby steps perhaps but we need to get a wiggle on.

dreamhaven said...

I find it hard to understand why so many are afraid of a little walk. My ex used to drive in circles to find the closest parking place at a store, all the while complaining that the handicap spots have no one in them. I'm sure he's not the only one, either.

C.M. Jackson said...

mmm-nature is bigger and helps us to understand all those things and voices we can't quite understand--listen to the wind, the sea--walk about and you will hear amazing things and find peace...c

C.M. Jackson said...

colette-wind in your face and a bright blue sea is enough to clear my mind and to get me thinking...c

C.M. Jackson said...

wings=every small step helps--walking about also keeps it close to the heart of the person doing the walking--peace and beauty as you travel-c

C.M. Jackson said...

brian--I am happy to hear that you speak and reference Mead--only good can come from that combined effort(yours and Mead)---nature and its ability to heal is sadly unknown. Talk it up and keep writing--c

C.M. Jackson said...

poetikat--the group grows larger--keep the faith-c

C.M. Jackson said...

Roy--thanks--if we all speak the results will be astonishing-c

C.M. Jackson said...

e-yes, because we is who she was talking about! Peace-c

C.M. Jackson said...

baino---the wiggle is on--give us the background vibe so we can all get in step--name the song and we will sing! c

C.M. Jackson said...

dreamhaven--perhaps it is the unknown or the place we need to be by a certain time--the thing that calms me no matter where I am is the abilty to rest my eyes on nature, a flower, a tree---c

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