Thinking about global warming this morning and what it would be like if global warming had covid’s PR team.
Global warming is still the biggest threat to the planet. Imagine if we had PSA’s from our PM regularly telling us to do our part to stop global warming and also telling us exactly what to do? Imagine doctors on TV daily to remind us how deadly the air pollution associated with global warming is for our lungs. Imagine if we immediately shut down businesses that weren’t carbon neutral. Imagine if we were also regularly reminded of the billion animals who horrifically lost their lives in the global warming fuelled Australian bush fires and other monster fires like it.
Why don’t we have those PSA’s? Why aren’t we acting like global warming is the intense and immediate threat that it is?
These are my thoughts on Earth Day 2020
Growing up in rural Ontario, nature has always been my preferred place to be. When things became too boring inside the house, I headed outdoors with my cats and used my imagination to create fantastic jungle stories where my kittens were fierce lions and tigers and the wild grasses were the deep, dark, exciting jungle. I could play for hours in a abandoned lot covered in wild flowers. And this is how I developed a deep love for nature.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more. – Lord Byron
And because of this life long love of nature, I can’t help but be concerned about wildlife during BC’s monster fires this summer. Their homes are being destroyed and they can’t get away from the smoky air by going inside an air conditioned building the way we can.
I am incredibly saddened that so many beautiful trees and wild animals have been going up in flames this summer with no end in sight. By building bigger and bigger cities with bigger and bigger homes, we are already encroaching so much on the habitat of the beautiful wild things of our planet. If even more of their home burns, what will be left for them?
Even forests near my Vancouver home (a temperate rain forest) are tinder dry with leaves starting to wilt from lack of rain. It’s hard not to have a heavy heart when I see the forest suffering. We are so connected to the earth but I feel like so many of us have become disconnected from that reality. If Mother Nature is in distress, we are all, sooner or later, going to be in distress with her.
If you would like to help out in this desperate situation, local wildlife rescues are being bombarded with displaced and distressed wildlife, two great ones to contribute to are BCSPCA and The Furbearer Defenders.
These fine people need all the help they can get right now.
It’s Earth Day!
Wondering how can we help heal our sweet little blue planet today (and every day)?
Here are a few ideas:
- eat less (or no) meat
- walk, don’t drive
- turn the lights out
- fix broken things instead of throwing them out
- shop less
- hug/plant a tree
And, in honor of Earth Day, here is a recipe for a healthy, springy, green smoothie to sip on while contemplating how to be kinder and gentler towards mother nature…
Honeydew Mint Green Smoothie
5 leaves romaine lettuce or 2 handfuls of spinach
1 handful chopped honeydew or cantaloupe (approximately 1/4–1/2 cup)
5 leaves fresh mint
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup water
1 cup ice
Add lettuce, melon, banana, mint, coconut milk and water to the blender. Then add the ice and continue to blend until smooth.
Healthy. Vegan. Earth Friendly.
It’s easy to be green.