Picture a place from your childhood. A natural place, like a park, a beach, or a riverside. Perhaps even an urban setting. Think about how it felt, how it smelled, and how it brings back emotions of a specific time in your life. Remember what that place taught you or the experiences you had there. What if when you returned, the scenery had changed dramatically? Pollution, graffiti, destruction, and neglect alter the landscape. Your children will not get to experience your special place the way you did.
Seems far fetched? Go to your place and I’m willing to bet you will be shocked and enraged at what you find.
Our world is changing in ways that are unimaginable.
Our world is changing in ways that are unimaginable. Humans have become comfortable with the idea that we are too small to change something as large as the earth. We have been irresponsible in our actions, our consumption, and ultimately our legacy. When it seems futile to argue over global warming, deforestation or loss of our coral reefs — think about your own special place. What location in your life represents your utopia? How does it make you feel to know that you have done nothing to preserve its legacy?
Welcome to your own paradise lost. You have overstayed your welcome.