It’s so exciting to see people’s reactions to us. I’m always surprised when people are impressed by what we’re doing! It’s hard to see the big picture or the magnitude of our work this summer while we’re still living it, but I’m sure it will hit me once I leave. I learned early on that networking and relationships were an important part of our work, but until now I’ve underestimated the importance of community in the climate movement. The more time I spend at organic farms, schools, and homes the more I see that “local community” is not just about the miles (or lack there of) it takes to put food on the table. It’s about talking to your farmer as you pick up produce, bringing your kids to help out in the garden, inviting your neighbors over to enjoy that summer squash as well. It’s about biking to work, not just to save a gallon of gas, but to see the world, as you pass through it.
Everyone seems to have a different idea about what the solution to Climate Change is. Top down policy changes. Bottom-up grassroots activism. Technology. Farms. How about we just be nice to each other? Be nice to the land. Be nice to your neighbors. Be nice to the tops of mountains. Senators, be nice to your constituents. Farmers, be nice to your cattle. Judges, be nice to Tim DeChristopher. That kind of nice. The environmental movement we’ve witnessed is a wonderful microcosm of the world I’d like to see in my lifetime, a world that is connected, caring, and committed. If everyone were as kind and generous as the people we’ve come across, I wouldn’t be quite so worried about the future of this world.