A Break From The Backyard

| 6/22/2011 7:09:22 PM

Even the most ardent of Earth lovin’,  green livin’, urban or otherwise wielders of the big environmental stick have weaknesses which impact on the size of their carbon footprint. I have to admit that I have many environmental (and other) weaknesses which make my paltry attempts at “backyard environmentalism” seem ridiculous.

Being new to this huge and amazing country, my family and I have an insatiable desire to see as much of it as possible. What a dilemma! We want to travel to see all that is  unique to the USA, but in doing so, our carbon footprint grows, just like Pinocchio’s nose, when ever we hop on a plane, drive the car on vacation, or hire an RV .  I guess by way of justification, whenever my eyes are opened to just how beautiful and diverse our world (and this country) is,  it makes me even more determined and enthused to protect it, and to educate others on how to care for it. 

Bryce Canyon NP  

The Hoodoos - Bryce Canyon National Park

Our most recent (mammoth like) carbon footprint was created when we flew from Indiana to Las Vegas. There we met up with my husband’s parents (who had flown from Australia). We rented an RV (AKA: “The big rolling turd” - thanks to the movie 'RV' with Robin Williams) and  rolled out to do a National Parks tour across Arizona, up through New Mexico, over to Utah and back to Vegas. Did I say  “mammoth like” footprints? Perhaps I should adjust that to gargantuan! Anyway, I have been filled with fervour like a newly ordained preacher to share the spine tingling beauties that we  experienced. Can I be so bold as to rename Utah? I think it should be called BeaUTAHful, or SpectacUTAH, irrefUTAHbly beaUTAHful, or even immUTAHble , or, as we say in Australia, “ You little BeaUTAH”. This little state packs a whole lot of  inspirational punch. We were 'blown away'....not only nearly literally, by the desert storm which greeted us, but also by the ancient landscapes. 

Being elevated in Utah 

Sophie Love
7/8/2011 7:11:33 AM

We are all hypocrites in many ways - if we were perfect we wouldn't need to be here we would be gallivanting in some other galaxy . . . Jane, as usual, has it spot on (and with such humour and wordsmithing!) this beautiful blue planet is all we have - fragile, complex, often confrontational, volatile, changeable and strong . . . always beautiful, but not invincible. She is like every woman. Like every Mother. And she needs nurturing and loving, tending and feeding. But we have lost our sense of her. Lost our way with her. Taken her for granted and assumed she would pick up after us, clean up after us, forgive us all our spills and messes and mayhem and moods. But she is sick now. She may even be dying. Yet we are so busy with our selfish greed do we know or even care? This woman, this mother, this earth is grieving and she cries out to women everywhere to make this our crusade, as Jane does, to speak up and out for Mother Earth no matter how unpopular it makes us. Maybe as Mothers only we can understand her pain. 'How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have an ungrateful child' (Shakespeare, King Lear)

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