The younger generation has not so subtly pointed out that past generations have done nothing to end the climate crisis. They are right. Among the many things that youth around the world are doing to incite change is this week’s climate strike. You do not have to be young to strike – these are inter-generational protests.There strikes organized all over the United States and the world. In Boulder there are two. There is a march in Denver. And, there’s a march starting at the gates of the White House in Washington D.C. If ever there were a time for action, it is now. Go to one of these sites to find a strike or march near you: strikewithus.org, National Children’s Campaign, 350.org, Zero Hour, Fridays for the Future, Global Climate Strike, or the Sunrise Movement.
To again cite Greta Thunberg, “The one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere.”
When I saw the TED Talk by 16 year-old Greta Thunberg, I was awestruck, amazed, inspired, and grateful. This young Swede has become the face of climate activism, rallying youth and adults around the world. When she first heard about the climate crisis, she didn’t understand why it wasn’t on the front page of every newspaper and the headline for every news program. To her, if we were truly in a crisis situation, then we should be acting. That if our way of living is threatening the planet, then we should change our way of living and not carry on as always.
She also points out that we, as human beings don’t need to solve the climate crisis. We already have all of the solutions. We know what to do. What we do need is action. And in her words, “It has to start today.”
This is the last of my wildflower series, a nod to summer season that is all too quickly coming to an end. Even though Colorado is a great place to be outdoors in any season, the end of summer is always a little sad for me. Hikes to high alpine lakes are one of my favorite things to do. And then there are the flowers. One in particular I look for every year – it’s called an elephant head. Look closely and you’ll see why. That’s what I love about the flowers. While they are certainly beautiful from a distance, the closer you look, the more amazing they are. There’s a lesson in there.