January 30, 2020-
I have long felt a connection with nature, in its deepest and purest forms. This may be a matter of genetic memory. The forest and the ocean have been places of comfort and affirmation, since I was a very young child. That this connection should have been gradually extended to desert, prairie and alpine mountain is only a logical progression.
With such a tie to the natural world, connection with those who embrace an ethic of sustainable cultures, of various forms, also comes naturally. I have been gradually moving away from “throwaway” living, since 1981. It has been a process fraught with fits and starts, but recycling-at least-has been ingrained in my life, for nearly that long.
This evening, I made good on a promise to myself and some members of the Baha’i community, and joined a small group at Prescott College: The Sustainability Club. I was the only person over 25, in that gathering-but found a genuine welcome. The group is finding its way, and plans a clean-up on Sunday, which I’ll join. Other plans include improving the composting arrangement on the small campus, a clothing recycling effort and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, in mid-April.
My plan is to join the Sustainability Club’s efforts as often as possible, and to help them network with like-minded groups in the area, particularly Slow Food-Prescott and other environmental organizations. There is much I can share with the youths and much that they have to impart to me, as well. This semester, and next, will be a fine time for building a solid sustainable community.