I just want to flick that little plastic creature with her wee dog with matching raincoat and boots right into the Salish Sea! I won’t of course because plastic is not good for the sea and sea creatures.
The truth is, somedays, I loath being a human. There is no way out.
Even as a committed naturalist, I am part of the problem. I may buy local, grind my coffee beans with a hand grinder that will last long enough that it can become a family heirloom, use an ancient hand mixer, wear my limited number of natural fiber clothing for 30 or so years (until they are hardly suited for rags) and refrain from buying beauty products of all sorts but it will not be enough. I can limit my travel to slow travel and carefully considered trips to lessen my impact. I can even stay home for extended periods of time but it still isn’t enough. I can live in a home that is built of mostly natural materials of straw, mud, lime and timbers but, this too, is not going to make a difference. I can have only two birth children instead of many and yet the world population is still rising at a rate that cannot be sustained. The truth is, I typed this on my iPad, with 2TB of iCloud space, while sharing a photo taken with my iPhone 11 Pro max that I took to the beach in my 2012 gas Subaru Outback. This is the rub and the reality. To even begin to speak about the issue of climate change, and even when doing the best I can, I always feel a little like encrusted slim.
There is no high moral ground in our human condition. We are an incredibly destructive and invasive species. We will live and most likely prematurely die as a collective whole in these constructed landscape conditions while taking most of the rest of the animal kingdom with us.
Not a very pleasant thought is it? However, I have finished the last of my cold cup of locally-roasted-beans-that-have-travelled-far coffee. It is time to take my non-solvent house paint to touch up the gallery walls in my gas powered car.
Postscript: this article was first posted on my personal FaceBook profile and generated a significant amount of engaging and insightful discussion. It is a darker place for me to position a conversation but, as I mention in the beginning of this issue, it is harder to see the light without the shadows.