There’s good news today! Hooray!
And many BC girls may be part of it! Today, as she has done for weeks now, sixteen-year old Greta Thunberg will be on the steps of the Swedish parliament speaking to, leaning on, the Swedish parliament to take real action for our planet. Greta Thunberg is a climate activist. She is also a candidate for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her understanding and action on the connection between a healthy planet and world peace.
Greta Thunberg has now inspired thousands of students around the world to join her in facing the dangers of human-induced climate change. Students have a right to a future, she claims, and their future is at risk if actions to protect our environment are not taken immediately. Today, March 15, 2019, there is a worldwide Youth Climate Strike involving thousands of students who will choose activism over a day of school on behalf of their futures and that of our planet. When campers and staff return to camp in June, it will be exciting to hear stories from those who participated in this pivotal event!
A few weeks ago, the Sierra Club, an environmental organization founded way back in 1892 by John Muir, an early naturalist/environmentalist, published a list of 5 reasons to be hopeful about today’s climate situation. Yes…there is some good news! Take a look at how our camp is contributing!
- Institutions around the world who have money to invest are making sure they are investing in planet-saving businesses. Betsey Cox has a small amount to contribute to this effort. We invest, when we can, in clean water programs, in renewable energy sources and in organizations headed by people active in climate work. That is good news!
- Around our country, despite the Trump administration’s pulling our country out of the Paris Climate Agreement, institutions, states, cities and towns are keeping to the agreement to reduce carbon footprints. At camp, we recycle, we live simply, we grow some of our own food and buy as much as we can locally. Importantly, we talk to each other, listen to each other, imagine strategies we could use to address the problems, and we work as a community to do our part. That, too, is good news!
- We understand the importance of renewable energy sources. We live in cabins without electricity. We respond to the weather with adjustments to our clothing rather than with heat or air conditioning. For many of us, we go for a week or more without getting into an automobile. We learn to make sacrifices for our planet and we bring ideas home for continuing our work.
THAT is very good news!
- Here’s one that is a little less obvious to those of us at camp, but equally as important. The Sierra Club reminds us that the rule of law still holds even within an administration that is intent on rolling back environmental protections that have been in place for generations. There are some Betsey Cox and Sangamon alumni working in the legal field to help assure that roll backs in violation of the law do not go forward.
- And finally, and highly significantly, the Sierra Club writes that “Youth are on the march!”, in reference to the March 15th Youth Climate Strike. If you are a Betsey Cox community member and are part of “the March”, make sure to bring your story to camp this summer. There’s no doubt but that you will inspire others to make their contributions, too!