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Who We Can Be – September 20, 2021

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Aware of What Lies Ahead

by Kathie England

Part Two of A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough, is titled “What Lies Ahead.”

I concluded last month’s post by pondering what life on our planet will be in the next decades for my great-nephew born in 2015 and my great-niece born in 2020. Now I share with you Attenborough’s projections for 2030 up to the twenty-second century beginning in 2100.

By the 2030s the Amazon rainforest is on course to be reduced to 75 percent of its original extent. Attenborough proposes this reduction may prove to be a tipping point for the Amazon triggering a phenomenon known as forest dieback. The Arctic Ocean is also expected to have its first entirely ice-free summer in the 2030s.

By the 2040s we will likely see another tipping point – the thawing of the permafrost. This event could cause the entire land surface in the northern hemisphere to become a mud bath as the ice that held the soil together disappears. This event would also turn on a gas tap of methane and carbon dioxide that we would probably never be able to turn off.

By the 2050s the entire ocean could be sufficiently acidic to trigger a calamitous decline. 90 percent of the coral reefs on Earth will be destroyed within the space of a few years. Remaining commercial fisheries and fish farming will perish impacting the livelihoods of more than half a billion people and directly affecting a ready source of protein that has fed humans for our entire existence.

In 2050 my great-nephew will be thirty-five and my great-niece will turn thirty.

During the 2080s global food production on land could be at a crisis point. Millions of tons of lost topsoil could enter the rivers and bring flooding in the towns and cities downstream. The loss of insects would affect three-quarters of our food crops. The risk of new pandemics is high.

By the beginning of 2100 a quarter of the world’s population could live in places where the average daily temperature would be what is found in the Sahara today. Farming in these areas would be impossible and a billion people who live in these areas will become part of the greatest human migration in history.

As I did last month, I invite you to ponder what these prospects for life on our planet would mean for the children in your life now as you become aware of what lies ahead.

I invite you to watch the trailer to “A Life on Our Planet” and hopefully it will inspire you to watch the entire documentary by David Attenborough.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64R2MYUt394

Who We Can Be

Next month I will share Attenborough’s optimistic vision for the future if we act NOW.

It is true that the cost of action today is high!

And the cost of inaction today is even higher for those we love!

 

Who We Can Be – August 20, 2021

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Aware

by Kathie England

In reading A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough, I became aware that…

In 1937 when Attenborough was 11 years old – the world’s population was 2.3 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million, and remaining wilderness on our planet was 66 percent…

In 1954 the year I started third grade – the world’s population was 2.7 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 310 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 64 percent…

In 1960 the year John F. Kennedy was elected president – the world’s population was 3 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 315 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 62 percent…

In 1968 the year I graduated from college – the world’s population was 3.5 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 323 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 59 percent…

In 1971 the year my sister was married – the world’s population was 3.7 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 326 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 58 percent…

In 1978 the year my niece was born – the world’s population was 4.3 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 335 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 55 percent…

In 1989 the year I moved to Oregon – the world’s population was 5.1 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 353 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 49 percent…

In 1997 the year Princess Diana died – the world’s population was 5.9 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 360 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 46 percent…

In 2020 the year the Covid pandemic started in the United States – the world’s population was 7.8 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 415 million parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 35 percent…

This timeline of life on our planet prompted me to wonder what life will be on our planet over the next decades for my great-nephew who was born in 2015 and my great-niece who was born in 2020…

I invite you to ponder that same perspective for what life will be on our planet over the next decades for the children in your life…and become aware…

I invite you to watch the trailer to “A Life on Our Planet” and hopefully it will inspire you to watch the entire documentary by David Attenborough.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64R2MYUt394

Who We Can Be

We can become aware and look at the possibilities of what we can do NOW.

We can be inspired by the words of Barack Obama as he watched a candlelight vigil of people in Oslo cheering after he had received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009: “Whatever you do won’t be enough. Try anyway.”

Who We Can Be – July 20, 2021

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Conservation Champion

by Kathie England

116

116 degrees is the temperature reached in Portland, Oregon on June 28, 2021!

116 is the number of people who died in Oregon during this extreme heat wave!

At the end of that extreme heat wave I watched “A Life on Our Planet” by David Attenborough, a documentary film available on Netflix.  Attenborough refers to this documentary as “My Witness Statement and A Vision for the Future.”

I was so moved and troubled after watching the film that I took the following steps:

  • I became a monthly sponsor with The Nature Conservancy.
  • I bought the book, A Life on Our Planet at my local Powell’s Books.

I invite you to watch the trailer to “A Life on Our Planet” and hopefully it will inspire you to watch the entire documentary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64R2MYUt394

I also invite you to watch the short video thank-you that I received from The Nature Conservancy after my donation earned me the title Conservation Champion.

 “Thank you for becoming a Conservation Champion!
Your dedication to nature means so much. By pledging to donate $25.75 as an ongoing donation, you are joining a group of nature’s most loyal and generous supporters.”

Watch this video to see the big difference you’re already making.”
https://www.nature.org/en-us/membership-and-giving/donate-to-our-mission/other-ways-to-give/fundraising-in-your-neighborhood/f2f-thank-you-welcome-page/?src=e.auto_d&lu=8021484

Who We Can Be

If Attenborough’s film wasn’t persuasive enough for you to become a Conservation Champion, perhaps these articles I read in The New York Times on July 16, 2021 before writing this post will motivate you to take that one small step.

Hundreds Missing and Scores Dead as Raging Floods Strike Western Europe

 Drought and Heat Fuel Dozens of Wildfires

“Over 60 active fires are burning across the Western United States, displacing hundreds of people and burning over 900,000 acres, with hot, dry conditions expected to continue.”

Parts of the Amazon Go From Absorbing Carbon Dioxide to Emitting It

It Seems Odd That We Would Just Let the World Burn

By Ezra Klein

“Where is the urgency on climate change? June 2021 was the hottest June ever recorded on land. Portland, Oregon saw temperatures of 116 degrees, a sentence that doesn’t make sense to me even as I know it to be true. In Lytton, British Columbia, temperatures reached 121 degrees, and the city simply ignited. ‘You can’t even comprehend it,’ one resident told CBC Radio. ‘Our entire town is gone.’ “

I hope you are inspired and motivated to become a Conservation Champion as one small step for the future of our planet.

https://nature.org


 

Who We Can Be – June 20, 2021

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Persist

by Kathie England

As I began reading Elizabeth Warren’s new book Persist, I realized that what she articulates is Who We Can Be. From that perspective, I share with you Warren’s words and invite you to imagine Who We Can Be.

“I am confident that most of those who got in the fight in 2020 will stay in the fight for years.”

“Now we have a once-in-a-generation chance to build something new, to shake off who we were and decide who we want to become.”

“This remarkable moment is an opportunity for change but not a guarantee that it will happen. It is a rare chance to think hard about the policies we want to change, especially the policies that touch our lives every day and set the boundaries for much of what happens to each of us.”

“The door to change is open. Now is the moment to act. Now is our chance to make the changes our nation so desperately needs.”

Who We Can Be

“But more than anything, the toughest fights will demand that we bring our whole selves. We must bring energy and determination. We must bring clarity of purpose and a richer understanding of our common goals. We must bring a deep-down commitment that will sustain us even when the fight looks impossibly hard.”

Let us embrace Warren’s optimism “that we are in a moment when extraordinary changes are possible.”

 

Who We Can Be – May 20, 2021

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Support the Power of Educating Girls

by Kathie England

One of the best tools we have to limit global heating is to educate girls and young women!

 “CLIMATE IS EVERYTHING.” That’s the theme in the April 26 – May 3, 2021 issue of TIME. One of the most hopeful articles in this issue is an interview with a young climate-justice activist, Vanessa Nakate. Born in Uganda, Nakate shares the perspective of the nonprofit group Project Drawdown. “Investing in universal education and family planning in low- and middle-income countries could reduce emissions by 88.42 gigatons by 2050. That’s about a decade’s worth of China’s emissions.”

Published in 2017, Drawdown, a New York Times best-seller, explains that women with more years of education have fewer, healthier children and actively manage their reproductive health. A report from the Brookings Institution states that “the difference between a woman with no years of schooling and with 12 years of schooling is almost four to five children per woman.”

Dawdown offers even more benefits of educating girls. Educated girls have higher wages and greater upward mobility. Their rates of maternal mortality drop as do the mortality rates of their babies. They are less likely to marry as children or against their will. They have lower incidences of HIV/AIDS and malaria. Their agricultural plots are more productive and their families are better nourished. Educating girls and young women “is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth.”

Nobel laureate and girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai states, “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen, can change the world.”

We can support the work of Malala by donating to https://malala.org. The home page of Malala’s website states that “20 million more girls may never return to school once the COVID-19 crisis subsides.”

Who We Can Be

We can be people who embrace and support the value of education for girls and young women throughout the world. We can impact the climate crisis with our actions! We can impact the devastating effect of the pandemic on the lives of girls and young women. https://malala.org

 

Who We Can Be – April 20, 2021

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The Healing Power of Connection

by Kathie England

The Healing Power of Connection

“Create for your child, for yourself, for your family, for your organization, for your community, for this country, and for this world if you possibly can, a connected life.”

Those are the words of Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D. in their new book ADHD 2.0. As an ADHD coach, those words inspire me (and so have all the other perspectives in their book).

They reference the longest-running longitudinal study of adult development ever done. The main conclusion of this Harvard study which began in 1939 and is still underway is that “the single most important factor in predicting health, longevity, occupational success, income, leadership ability, and general happiness comes down to one four-letter word. Love!”

They like to refer to the power of positive connection as “the other vitamin C.”

Since the pandemic, which began more than a year ago, has challenged our ability to stayed connected, I thought it appropriate to share a few of the ideas that Hallowell and Ratey propose to stay connected.

  • Have meals with your family
  • Develop the habit of giving hellos and nods to people you don’t know
  • Keep up with at least two good friends regularly
  • Join some kind of group that holds meetings (even virtually) and attend those meetings
  • Practice forgiveness of others and yourself (forgiveness does not mean condoning what was done)
  • Go for a walk in nature
  • Never worry alone
  • Make a point of giving compliments
  • Minimize your consumption of news if it tends to upset you or rile you up
  • Take a daily inventory of gratitude

Dr. Vivek Murthy, the nineteenth Surgeon General of the United States (2014-2017), named loneliness the number one medical problem in the country. Consider reading his book, Together: The Healing Power of Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World.

Who We Can Be

We can embrace the healing power of connection.

Whether the pandemic ends soon or persists far longer than we have hoped, we need connection.

 

Who We Can Be – March 20, 2021

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Generous

by Kathie England

Did you know?

  • 4 billion people (primarily women) on this planet cook their meals over open fires.
  • Smoke from these open fires is the equivalent of smoking 400 cigarettes per hour (that’s three packs a day).
  • Smoke from these open fires is the number one killer of children under the age of 5.
  • 4 million people (primarily women and children) die each year from the smoke generated by cooking meals over open fires.
  • 20 hours a week are spent carrying the wood needed to cook meals over open fires (when children carry the wood that means they are not in school).
  • Wood to build these open fires for cooking has huge environmental consequences – deforestation contributes to the climate crisis on our planet.

Did you know StoveTeam International is devoted to impacting this humanitarian and climate crisis?

StoveTeam International is an incredible non-profit organization that uses culturally-appropriate solutions to empower communities to solve local problems.  Founded in 2008 it provides improved cook stoves to people in developing nations in Latin America. According to the organization, it has been responsible for the distribution of over 76,300 stoves to date.

“A gift to StoveTeam transforms a kitchen into a safe place where a family can come together for years to come. Each $50 Ecocina or $100 Justa cookstove saves an average family of 8 people from the dangers of smoke and burns. Each stove also saves 50% of fuel wood, and provides local jobs where they are needed most.”

Climate Change

Each $100 Justa cookstove prevents up to 15 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, equivalent to the average American’s entire yearly carbon footprint!

Who We Can Be

We can be generous. Take a small step and donate to StoveTeam International.

https://www.stoveteam.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Who We Can Be – February 20, 2021

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Courage

by Kathie England

“I am less afraid of losing my job than of losing our democracy!”

That was the perspective of Jaime Herrera Beutler, Republican representative from Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, when she voted to impeach the former president. Though I disagree with Representative Beutler on most issues, I want to acknowledge her courage! She along with nine other Republican members of the House of Representatives and seven Senators demonstrated the courage we need to preserve our democracy!

Jaime Herrera Beutler demonstrated Who We Can Be!

15-year-old Lily Gallentine, a 10th grader in Redmond, Oregon, was looking for toy cars for her father in the Farmers Co-op Antique Mall in Redmond. What she discovered were Nazi pins and a case full of swastikas. But that wasn’t all! There was a poster in the background, saying ‘coon’ and ‘monkey.’ There was a black doll in the background and a host of other racist items for display.

Last summer, Lily’s family displayed a Black Lives Matter sign in their yard. It was torn down. Lily’s mother who is white says she fears for her daughter who is a person of color. Lily spoke up and shared this story which was covered by Emily Cureton of Oregon Public Broadcasting last weekend. Oregon has a dismal history of white supremacy, but Lily spoke up! She became an activist last summer.

https://www.opb.org/article/2021/01/26/white-supremacy-antiques-contemporary-meaning/

Lily Gallentine demonstrated Who We Can Be!

Another example of courage is recounted in Caste, the incredible book by Isabel Wilkerson. She shares the story of how Albert Einstein invited the opera singer Marian Anderson to stay in his home in Princeton because the Nassau Inn in Princeton refused to rent her a room for the night she performed to an overflow crowd at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton because she was black.

This incident occurred only a few years after Einstein had fled Germany as the Nazis took over his homeland. Einstein became an outspoken critic of the treatment of people of color in his new homeland. He said, “I can escape the feelings of complicity in it only by speaking out.”

Albert Einstein demonstrated Who We Can Be!

How can we each demonstrate courage?

 

Who We Can Be – January 20, 2021

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Who We Can Be

by Kathie England

Today, January 20, 2021 marks the first day of the new administration of President Joseph Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris.

Today also marks the launch of my new 4-year project, Who We Can Be. As I mentioned last month in the final post of My 1000 Small Steps, this title was inspired by Krista Tippett’s On Being interview with Karen Murphy, Director of International Strategy at Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit educational and professional development organization.

In the fall of 2017 I purchased the pen and ink drawing titled HOPE from the artist Steve Nowatzki at Portland’s Art in The Pearl. Steve gave me permission to use this drawing. It has hung in my office to help give me hope during the last four dark years of our country. I decided it is the appropriate banner photo for my new project, Who We Can Be.

As scenes from the failed insurrection in Washington, D.C. crossed our screens on January 6, many decried the violence we witnessed by saying, “This is not who we are!”

I believe we need to reframe that inaccurate perspective by stating, “This is not who we want to be.”

One does not have to be a history scholar to realize the violence we witnessed on January 6 is a sad representation of too much of our history. I invite you to listen to the interview with Sam Sanders on NPR’s Morning Edition on January 10, 2021. His piece is titled “The Lies We Tell Ourselves About Race.” Sanders is the host of the NPR podcast It’s Been a Minute With Sam Sanders. https://www.npr.org/2021/01/10/955392813/the-lies-we-tell-ourselves-about-race

Over the next four years I hope each reader of this post will engage with me in exploring Who We Can Be – for yourself, for our country, and for our planet.