When Your Children Ask

When Your Children Ask

…and they will ask, what are you going to say? When they look around at the petroleum soaked landscape are you going to tell them that you drove a Prius. When they struggle to breath are you going to tell them that you used a re-usable grocery bag. When they can’t find food are you going to tell them that you shopped at Whole Foods and went to Farmer’s markets. When there is no clean water are you going to tell them that you used biodegradable soap.

When they want to know what you did what are you going to tell them? Are you going to tell them that you just needed to make a little more money. Are you going to tell them that you didn’t think it was that bad or maybe that you just didn’t notice. While the world they have to live in is going up in smoke what are you going to say to them?

There is no time left to make half way decisions. There is no time left to pretend. There is no time left to make a little more money. There is no time left to pass carbon cap legislation. There is no time left to wait for the next election in the hopes that someone less bad will get elected. There is no time left for them and there is no time left for you.

If your children are important to you and if the world they have to grow up in means something than you will stop what you are doing right now and begin to do the work that needs to be done to insure that they have some kind of future.

No one is coming to save us. We are the people we have been waiting for and the future is up to us. So quit pretending to care and stop lying to yourself. Recycling won’t help. Voting won’t help. Farmer markets won’t help. ‘Sustainable energy’ won’t help. What will help is turning to your community, re-imagining what the future can be by thinking about what you want to leave as your legacy. It has been said that we do not inherit the world from the past, we borrow it from the future and until you start really thinking in those terms your children will look on you in disgust. They will turn away and know that, despite your claims to the contrary, you did not really care. Your concern was for yourself not them. You wanted things to go on just as they always have, even knowing that it was not possible you ignored it, and now the bill is due.

So go, right now, and look in your children’s eyes and tell them you are going to do something and then go do something¬† unless, of course, you don’t mind lying to them and to yourself.

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