Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A Just Post

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It’s time to celebrate the first monthly anniversary of the wedding that brought together Mad and Jen, united in their commitment to a just world. It’s appropriate, I suppose, that my nominee for this month’s Just Post is a woman I met once, at a friend’s wedding eight years ago. Becky was standing behind me in the buffet line, and she was easy to talk to: she had just started dating the groom’s brother, and she was simply radiant with the knowledge that she’d found the Real Thing. She and Keith hadn’t been dating long but, as she explained, "You really get to know a person well when you live next door!" I’ve always remembered that conversation for the sake of that blazing certainty of hers. (I was in love too, at that time, but hesitant, terrified, doubtful – Becky was like a visible incarnation of the happiness I was scared to admit I was feeling.)

When Becky first left a comment on my blog a few months ago, I was thrilled to see that she and Keith had lived happily ever after, despite their sad exile from such Canadian delicacies as Swiss Chalet, Crispy Crunch, and Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale. She has a little boy with a heart-stopping crop of curly hair, and she has an amazing scientific mind, which makes these two posts as persuasive as they are amusing.

You have to enjoy a post that’s been commissioned personally by Al Gore – and includes references to the Grinch. Becky is fun like that. And in her follow-up post, she includes a hilarious, pointed comic strip. Reading about climate change has never been so much fun!

Becky writes about climate change from her perspective as a scientist; I think about the issue more sentimentally, perhaps. As much as I’m aware of the vastness of this problem, nothing brought it home for me more than an email I read recently about rising ocean levels and the threat they pose to Maritime provinces like P.E.I.

A world without this?


We’re short on easy solutions here; but educating ourselves is a start.

19 comments:

Mad Hatter said...

I heard on the news the other day that the environment has become the #1 issue for Canadians right now. As Becky says, I hope that's not simply because of this freakishly warm (and volatile on the wet coast) winter. We might not be able to reverse the trend to global warming but surely we can slow it down. It's hard to imagine what individual citizens can do given that so much of the problem comes from industry but I think that there must be small steps we can all take to conserve energy.

Anyone game for a bloggy one-tonne challenge?

Mary-LUE said...

A perfect nomination! I received an email inviting me to nominate a Just Post and my brain has just been too hazy, crazy, lazy to remember one. But of course, I remember Becky's posts. Good job Becky and B&P!

Jenifer G. said...

I heard the same thing, the environment has trumped health care as our number one concern.

It is sad to explain why we can't go tobogganing or make snow angels. I think if we all do our own little bit we will have made a bigger impact - than if we did nothing at all.

Our copy of An Inconvenient Truth is still sitting near the DVD player. I am inspired to find the time to watch it now.

T. said...

Amen.

A better nomination I couldn't imagine.

I can't imagine a world without the vast green of the grass, the lush carpet of wild flowers and the abundance of snow to frolick in.

I certainly hope we find a way to fix the mess we've created.

Education is the first step.

Jenifer G. said...

Back again. Forgot to mention I have that long awaited gift for you.

Please pop by when you get a chance. It is waiting for you!

De Aufiero said...

Thanks for sharing!

Beck said...

What a wonderful nomination! I'm afraid that this winter's freakish weather HAS made me more concerned about the enviroment than I was previously.

Momish said...

Looks like I have another daily read to add! Great nomination!

Mouse said...

Thanks for pointing me towards this. The environment's always been high on my list.

Haley-O said...

I've been fretting a ton about the climate change. I have a relentless empathy for the animals who are so gravely impacted. I'd never heard about the risk to PEI....

Jill said...

Anne's house is endangered? Say it isn't so!

jen said...

i can't think of a better Just Post. thank you for sharing it - otherwise i might not have seen it, which is exactly the whole point.

thank you.

Lady M said...

I was going to ask if P.E.I. is Prince Edward Island, from Anne of Green Gables, but I think Jill answers the question.

A friend of ours has just departed on a cross country environmental video tour. He and 200 others were trained by Al Gore to deliver the "Inconvenient Truth" pitch. It's going to be quite a journey!

Becky said...

I remember reading about that initiative. I'm not a great public speaker, but I was certainly intrigued by the idea... I'd love to hear more about your friend's experience!

gingajoy said...

definitely a perfect nomination, and a great idea to foreground a Just Post (not come across it before).

Mommy-Like Days said...

The warm green Christmas we had was extra depressing since I had just seen An Inconvenient Truth. I had been looking for a mission--the hungry? single moms?--but I wonder if the environment is it after all.

wordgirl said...

I really need to read up on this stuff. All I know is that the more the NeoCons attempt to prove that global warming is a myth, the more I know they're just lying sacks of crap.

Becky said...

I understand that one of the biggest issues is "what do we do?" Because as I said in my first soapbox post, I felt exactly that.

Anyhow, I started to leave a rather long comment here making one suggestion for something that each of us can do, but have opted instead to put up a post about it in the hopes that it might be read by more people.

ewe are here said...

Great nomination. Thanks for pointing me (and everyone else) to your friend's blog!

The climate change/global warming issue is a very hot topic over here in the UK and the EU right now. And I'm glad that the issue is being addressed over here; the US administration (and I'm an American), on the other hand, seems to work really hard to avoid it.