How do you care for our earth? As an individual, I steward a small piece of earth. I’m grateful for this little plot of land with its variety of fruit trees planted by someone else, perhaps over fifty years ago. They probably had no thought of me. But they gave me a gift all these years later.
We are facing a time of global crisis. The way that we’ve been “using” the earth isn’t sustainable. The Native Americans believe that we have a responsibility to consider seven generations to come. They and some others realize that the earth is on loan to us now and to be conserved for future generations. But most of the world hasn’t held this as a value. We’ve taken from the earth’s resources and not given in return. We’ve used and abused our earth, our oceans, our air quality. Now we see disruption across the planet and we wonder how can that be? As if it came out of nowhere. As if scientists hadn’t been warning us.
This painting is inspired by the animals that live along the Rio Grande River, the fourth longest river in the USA. Beside a large portion of this river, there is a “wall” being built to define a boundary between the US and Mexico. This particular area, along the Rio Grande bordering the state of Texas, is considered to be one of those invaluable riparian habitats. Jaguarundi, Pronghorn, Ocelot, Javelina, Mountain Lion, Fox, Birds, Beetles and Butterflies are some of the animals and insects that inhabit this area. The “wall” would disrupt the natural navigation patterns of these animals and insects. Some of these species, like the Ocelot, are already endangered. The Rio Grande River itself is in grave danger.
I call this painting “DREAM IT BETTER.”
We are touched by things that we hear or see. We know that some things, as the disruption of a riparian habitat, are wrong. We feel bad about it. It may even arouse our passion! Instead of stopping at feeling bad or sad, consider, “What is an action step that I can take to make a difference?” One step would be to do some research. To find some legitimate organizations that are opposing such destruction. Get informed. Then see how what you learn can be shared with others. Take the leap from helpless observer to active participant. One small step towards change.