Today’s post is brought to you by the color GREEN. It’s one of my favorite colors: teal, turquoise, turquoise, lime, emerald, seafoam, sage, mint. There’s no shade of green that I can’t love.
But, and this is the point of my post, nothing says green like the showy early leaves of Spring.
I’ve been camping in forests the last few weeks and I walk around every day with my mouth hung open at the explosion of green that surrounds me. I grew up in LA, people, and spring was NEVER like this. As my Brit friend would say, I’m gobsmacked by it all.
The forests themselves are different from what I grew up with too. Tall, skinny trees, bursting with branches that are themselves bursting with leaves. And such a variety of trees and leaves!
Every one of these little leaves just emerging makes my heart melt.
I’ve been reading The Uninhabitable Earth, by David Wallace-Wells, a book focused on the effects of climate change through the next 20-100 years and it’s a frightening read. I knew most of it before, from various sources, but seeing it all in one place, reading the chapters on heat, hunger, dying oceans, and unbreathable air, is overwhelming. In a similar vein, the video series, Our Planet (Netflix) outlines similar facts and fates.
Are we the last generations to enjoy a walk in a forest or feel a cool wind on our faces? Will two generations from now know such green as this?
We have to fight for our future, for their future. It cannot wait. Do a quick online search for “Five things you can do about climate change” and pick a few actions. Each one of us has a part to play. Let us begin.
When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then winter will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.
Madeleine M. Kunin