A lot of the time I find myself caught up thinking about all of the overwhelming circumstances that our planet finds itself in. It can be hard to stay upbeat when bees are dying all around us, politicians are ignoring climate change and all of the things we try to do to counteract destructive behavior seem futile. Often in order to live our everyday lives we inevitably end up supporting unsustainable agriculture, unrenewable resources, and
creating unnecessary waste. Whether it is a flight back home, or just a trip to the dining hall it’s hard to care for our environment the way we might what to when our society is designed around these practices. But in order for a change to happen, we must not be discouraged by all of the obstacles that are in our path.
One of my favorite ways to stay encouraged is to go out into nature.
It has the power to renew my passion, and reminds me what I am working to preserve. I created this watercolor in order to express the awe and inspiration that the undeveloped parts of our world can instill in us. Going for a good hike, or looking up at the stars motivates me. I become inspired to do little things such as ride my bike instead of driving, looking into healthy and local alternatives for food, or bigger projects such as reaching out to the community to help educate everyone on sustainability. That is the only way we are going to make a change.
One of my favorite authors put it best.
“It only had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles for no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” –Cheryl Strayed
I hope that this generation can be inspired by nature and find the importance of sustainability for themselves. This way we can work together to make the changes necessary to keep this planet sustained for all of our future generations to enjoy.
Artwork and Post by Madeline Caruso, ESLLC 2015-2016