Recent events, such as Hurricane Harvey (and soon to hit- Irma) and the wildfires ablaze in the west have me hearing the phrase ‘Please pray for______’ often. I swear, if I hear this phrase one more time, I’m going to scream.
Quit praying. Prayer is a passive way for you to feel comforted in a situation where you feel you have no control. Guess what- you have control! Take action.
Here’s some ways:
Acknowledgement. Acknowledge that we, as humans, are having an impact on the Earth. In turn, the Earth is having an impact on us. Acknowledge that you are part of the problem, but also acknowledge that you can be part of the solution.
Responsibility. Take responsibility for where you live and the impact you are having on the Earth.
Help. Donate time, money, supplies, and/or bodily fluids (blood/platelets) to those in need.
Vote. Vote for officials and policies that address issues with forest health, wildland-urban interface, floodplain restoration, urban growth areas, coastal development, climate change, family planning, etc.
Acceptance. Accept that fires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters occur. We can’t control them, nor should we try. What we can control is how they impact us. For instance, choosing not to build in the wildland-urban interface or choosing not to develop on coast.