When I was little, my Mom use to call me a flower child. I was in no way born in the 70’s or had free loving, hippy feeling parents. None the less, the name stuck – and for good reason. I am a flower child. I am a free loving, peace feeling, hippy power kind of girl.
I love just about everything, including nature. I may be a millennial to the core, rather spend time indoors than out but I do love nature. When I was growing up in the 90’s I didn’t have a computer or a phone to distract me, I had my backyard. I had my sister to play with and oh boy did we come up with some fun games to play (my favorite was Pocahontas – running though the trees pretending I had my faithful sidekicks Meeko and Flick by my side).
I have so many memories from my childhood of being outside. I can still recall the scent of grass on my skin, the way the sky looked when my Mom would call me in for dinner. And if you were to ask me where my happy place is, I would proudly tell you it’s my backyard (or the beach because really, who doesn’t love the beach?). I’m sitting here right now, looking at it from the sliding glass door, watching the birds gather seeds from the feeder. It calms me, makes me feel at ease. It’s my home.
Having to spend time in the great outdoors as a child gave me such an appreciation for the world that we live on. There is beauty in every turn. Every tree, every flower, every little creature that scampers around – they are so unique and special. They are a huge part of our lives and in many instances, something we can’t live without. We need water to survive, plants and animals to give us food. The Earth is our home, or shelter, our life force.
Which is why all this talk, all this dismissal of climate change, the North Dakota pipeline, the general disregard of our Earth hurts me. This is our home. This is our water. Should we not do everything in our power to save it? Is commerce and commercialism so important that we are willing to poison the water? Are we so self absorbed that we aren’t willing to fix the problem now so that future generations have an Earth to call home?
Climate change is real and there is scientific evidence and research to support it. Because of this we can not turn a blind eye to the problems that we face. Politics should only have a small part to play in this matter because essentially, the problems that face our world are human problems that must be solve with unity. Yes, money is important. Money is needed to fund the research that will heal our planet. But first we must come to accept that global warming is real and it is a real threat!
We need our leaders to accept this. It’s not a matter of Republican or Democrat, it’s a matter of humanity. Regardless of what side you fall on, we all live on this wonderful planet. We all call this place home. We all need to chip in and do are part to save our home.
We can’t allow a pipeline that will pollute the water that serves the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We need to find renewable resources so this world will still be a thriving place to live. People’s lives are more important that any business’s bottom line. This world that we live on is more important that any business.
I love this planet and for millions upon millions of years this planet has loved us back. It’s time that we all take a look around us, see the beauty that frames our lives, appreciate the food we are given, and the water that sustains us. It’s time that we fight for our Earth. Protect her and keep her healthy. She is too beautiful to loose, to important to let die.
Embrace your inner flower child and love the Earth.