Feathered friends

Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued what is basically its final warning to governments (“it’s now or never” regarding greenhouse gas emissions), and my heart is pounding as I type those words. We the people need to rise up and demand radical action. Unfortunately, here in the U.S. our so-called leadership is actually talking about ramping up fossil fuel production. It’s insanity.

And when reality gets to be too much, I turn to nature. Today, it’s birds. Here’s a Limpkin I had the honor of communing with at Kapok Park in Florida:

May 6, 2019

Here’s a petite Bushtit outside my Colorado window:

September 24, 2021

Here’s a Turkey Vulture doing its important clean-up work in Cave Creek Canyon in Arizona:

May 15, 2019

Finally, here’s a Common Grackle singing its song in Nebraska clover:

June 2, 2020

And now I’m going to use the energy I’ve borrowed from those wonderful birds and head out for a run on the trails where I’ll drink up more of this glorious world.

5 thoughts on “Feathered friends

  1. Having worked 15 years in government, I am more than aware that governments alone can solve very little. Our approach to climate change must be multi-pronged and muti-faceted. I am also a stubborn underdog and famous for saving things in “clutch moments.” It is not that I am particularly good at anything, it is that I refuse to give up on anything until something is well and truly over and nothing else can be done. We are not there yet when it comes to climate chaos. It may not go as we would like but take a breath and steady your heart. “It’s not over until it’s over” is cliche for a reason.

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