It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new year…
The end of anything is always full of reflection and the end of a year is particularly a time to think back. Taking some time in the last week of the year to do so can only help you decide the things you may want out of the next year. If we don’t learn from our pasts, both personally and collectively, well, I think we all know that never ends well. It is time to grow, to learn, to expand our horizons, however that may look in our own lives.
One of the all-time best folk artists ever – his work allowing for the emergence of more amazing musicians – Woody Guthrie would have been 100 this year, had he the chance to live so long. Did you know that Guthrie spent time out here in the Pacific Northwest in 1941, particularly in the Columbia River Gorge? Unfortunately, the dam that he had come out to support had some devastating environmental and social impacts on the people and river ecosystem, but I still can’t imagine what he would think about Nestlé moving in to what he described as a “vision of paradise.”
But as we begin 2012, he reminds me of something in his own 1943 “New Years Rulin’s.”
What he meant for himself in the year 1943 I can only guess, but I knew that these struck a chord with me.
Then I watched this:
And I wonder why it has become primarily the youth contingent that is willing to stand up for what they know to be true, what they know to be right? I know that they are often the ones (not always, but they often seem to become the largest group forcing change) that can bring about the catalyst for change, but doesn’t the fight against climate change belong to us all?
We have only 5 years until we reach a critical point of irreversible damage from climate change. 2011 was a big year, but it certainly wasn’t enough to make anyone involved in climate change science, research, or activism feel like we can become complacent. We have a ways to go and it shouldn’t be just the youth that carry us all there.
Yet, there have been plenty of good things to happen in 2011 on the green and eco-friendly front, yet I would dare say all of those were because somebody started fighting for them.
So, my word of the year this year is: fight.
I will fight for what is right.
I will fight for what is true.
I will fight for myself and my family.
I will fight for things to get better.
I will fight.
What about you?
Musical Inspiration: Song To Woody