When Carrie shared her experience of taking a course on climate change and community involvement, I decided to give it a try. Honestly, it turned out to be a big reason why I am now dedicating much of my time to helping reverse global warming.
One part of the course that deeply impacted me was a video by Dr. Drew Dellinger, a writer, speaker, and environmentalist.
In the video, he suggests that we project ourselves out several decades and picture ourselves standing in front of our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And they have a question for us……
Their question is: What did we do when we knew?
What did we do when we knew that human presence on this planet had reached a point of such destruction….such negative impact on the health of the planet?
I decided, in that moment, to dedicate my time and effort to making damn sure I had an answer for my grand and great grandchildren that I would be proud of…..that they would be proud of.
Now, when I get discouraged by the enormity of the issue or get weary of attending another evening
meeting or working on another initiative, I stop and think about this future question. By doing so, it motivates me to press on, to think bigger, to find more ways to make a difference, to change my own living habits. It refuels my passion to push forward and help solve our climate crisis.
There is no doubt in my mind that we will be asked this question by our next generations.
And there is no doubt in my mind that we will have an answer for them that we will be very proud of.