Monday, March 9, 2009

Who?




The sun kissed our cheeks as we ascended to Johnson Farm, just a mile hike around Peaks of Otter. The boys enjoyed exploring every little nook and crack. On our trek back from the farm, we started a conversation...

"Why do we have to protect the forest?", Logan asked.

Where do you start? It's home for all the animals. Trees give us oxygen to breathe. So that others can come have the same adventures we just experienced. When we are given dominion over all the earth, it does not mean ownership, it means to take care of and protect. I really don't think we were meant to treat it as a temporary place we can screw up while we are here.

In our descent, I felt myself rising to my soap box. He was satisfied with the simple answers, but I hope one day he understands the more complex issues and falls in love with the beauty of it all.
Is the environment an issue for you? How do you conserve and protect it?

7 comments:

mouse (aka kimy) said...

what a lovely day and such a wonderful conversation to have with one's children!

the first rule of ecology is 'everything is connected'....so for me, it is safe to say the environment is the #1 issue. what do I do? I try to be mindful of everything I do and when I make a decision about bringing some THING in to my life I ask do I really need this? or do I just want this?

my other favorite (bumpersticker) wisdom is: think global, act local!

in april I will be celebrating my 3rd year of living car free! when my much love vw died, just shy of 200,000 miles I said to myself "mouse, the best thing you could do for the planet is to try going without owning a car" - what started out as a temporary experiment is now a way of life! I do live in an urban community and I can walk or take the bus or train to do my business.... my husband does have a small truck and my daughter lives within 2 miles, so if I really, really need wheels I have access to them...but I probably only drive once a week if that! I love to walk so that is my preferred mode of transportation. you can see so much of the world at ground level!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

p.s. I love the country road sign....forgot to say!

Brian Miller said...

nice. i think your comment was longer than my blog. lol. unfortunately we have not gone carless, but we have gone paperless and recycle. Last year we started a garden, much of which fed the dear that sleep in our yeard each night. going to try that one again with a little more protection this time around. great thoughts mouse. you inspire me.

Daniel said...

I like the boy scout motto that says, in effect, leave it better than you found it. The problem is that this is open to interpretation and debate. One might say that the forest is to be left intact. Others might say that a factory is "better" as it provides jobs and a needed service. The debates between the two sides are always 1s or 0s. The reality is that the true answer is somewhere in between, a compromise. To solve the problem, we have to understand both sides.

tony said...

I dont as much as i should.but Im getting better at it.by the way,i have tagged you should you wish to play........

Dot-Com said...

Better let you know I've tagged you with a meme. The rules are on my blog :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm starting a fund for the demolition of the University of North Carolina so that a nature grove of indigenous poplars can flourish there.

-DF