Quote of the day: African-American environmental activist and coalition leader Carl Anthony was once asked how he felt about what the environmental movement has failed to achieve. His answer surprised me: “I’m actually a bit of an optimist about all this…I believe that there are changes that take a long time to come to fruition but when they happen, they are big. Right now, the biggest challenge that we’re facing is global warming and climate change. But [the current demographic shift among races] is going to cause us to rethink a lot of things. There is a radical transformation happening that we have not quite caught up with. It’s going to make everybody redefine who we are as a people and as a country.”
Commentary: How do you personally feel about the radical shifts happening on our planet, its wildlife populations, diseases and pests and their effects among humankind? Do these changes pique your fear, your curiosity or your sense of hope that we can rally together?
Suggestion Action #22. As you walk along your path, contrast your fears with your hopes, and reflect upon what is safe and secure for you versus what is uncertain. Find some middle ground between those poles, and give up the extremes for the non-dualistic middle way in between.
Gary Paul Nabhan aka Brother Coyote is a professed member of the Ecumenical Order of Franciscans, a graduate of the Living School, a conservation biologist, orchard-keeper and story-teller.