About this time each year (around my birthday), I reassess the things that are important to me and where I am on life’s highway.
As a gauge, I look at what my values are, what progress I have made over the last year, and figure out if I am still holding true to them. I also look at society in general to see what has changed (for better or worse), and what I as an individual can influence.
So what is my current assessment? Well, I still hold true to my values and main goal of lowering personal and my family’s consumption and emissions, and to educate others, whatever form that may take from here on in. I believe I am still on track.
As for society, it feels like everyone around me is scrambling for a seat on the express train that is hurtling towards the edge of a cliff. Even those clever enough who want to avoid disaster are getting sucked along slowly by the train’s forward momentum. It seems inevitable that the cliff’s edge is approaching faster and faster, but no one else can see it.
All I can do is put on my own brakes and hope they (whoever they may be) hold on long enough so that the train driver (whoever or whatever form that takes) can wake up to apply their own, or at least enough passengers realise that they are in peril and pull the emergency brake chain.
So my pledge to you is that I will keep doing what I do, write about what I write, on this blog, my podcasts, and by other mediums, any chance I get. Hopefully not boring you all to tears in the process (If I am boring, I hope someone lets me know!).
However, I think it is not only time to continue with the small, individual actions like we have been doing, but also time for very big, and bold actions. To that end, my daughter Amy and I am going to attend the Bill McKibben Do The Math tour Down Under, when it comes to Melbourne on Friday 7th June. Date and ticket informations at this link. Currently politicians won’t listen and act, so lets see what Bill has to offer us as an method of action. I do like the cut of this mans jib.
Onwards and upwards, as they say!