There are things we all can do to protect 'spaceship Earth'

Aug 26, 2015 Linda Olinger, Riverton


I very much enjoyed Chris Peck's last two columns, but especially the one about his new grandson and a desire to leave the world a better place.

I was reminded of a quote by Marshall McLuhan: "There are no passengers on spaceship Earth. We are all crew."

In May of this year I drove to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where I attended a Climate Reality Leadership training. We were close to 400 volunteers who during three days were immersed in the science of climate change.

Although I was taking an online course at the same time on this subject, I didn't know what to expect. I was afraid of becoming disheartened. But instead, I drove home inspired and energized, hopeful. Progress is being made, we are indeed starting to give our fragile little spacecraft the work and care it needs.

There are things that a person can do as an individual and that we can do together as citizens that will make a difference. As Gandhi said, "Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."

If anyone would like to join me for a slideshow presentation of what I learned, and a discussion of what we can do, please call and leave a message at (760) 449-1013. If there is enough interest I will reserve the Riverton Branch Library Community Room.

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