Seeing the title of this article, I had to wonder – why would this idea be so surprising to people?
Trees = good; living surrounded by concrete and steel = not so good. It makes for a good song, but not so much for a quality living experience. Even in the biggest of cities there are trees in residential streets, in public squares and urban parks.
And then I came across this article this morning, after watching a bit of James Hansen’s interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN.
Sometimes I find myself wondering how long I want to keep my family living in the part of the country where we are now. Water security is becoming “a thing”, something worth considering, and drought is virtually guaranteed to be something that needs to be considered across the American southwest. Temperatures have risen over the last few years, water availability varies, and agriculture has been affected by various things over the recent past.
Diseases: of people, animals, and plants, have affected our food supply. Oil and gas prices have also had an effect on food, driving food prices up as the costs for transporting food products increase.
This is just a quick touch on some of the big topics affecting individuals in our society. While people are struggling to make enough money to support themselves and their families, all of these other things are going on outside of the scale of an individual’s control and life.
How can one person or family even take into consideration all the things that could or do affect them? How can we even know where to start? How can we better make plans that take into consideration a long-term future? Instead of thinking about what to do in the next six months, or year, or two years, how can we make plans that have a chance of standing up in ten years, or thirty years? How can we take into consideration elements that our families, our descendants, might be dealing with in a hundred years?
It might seem foolish to some of you that I even think about this distant future – something that I may or may not be around to see, myself – but I do consider it, almost as seriously as I think about situations facing me in the next six months or year.
I have always, at least for the last 25+ years, wanted to do something in my lifetime that would leave the world better, in any way, than it was when I began my adult life. I have often been distracted by different individual aspects of what that change might be, and I have not come up with any cohesive plan that addresses multiples of those aspects. I don’t even know if a “cohesive plan” is possible. Maybe I just have to keep working on making my individual family life as good as I can, one day at a time.