While climate change can often seem overwhelming, it is vital to remember that our actions in our communities are essential. However small these actions seem, they transform the world and most importantly, they transform our emotions and attitudes about what can be done. Hope is not naïve optimism, it is an active choice toward the making of the most diverse and sustainable futures for everyone.
Uncle Wally Ito often speaks about the work he does as part of KUA’s limu restoration project. He says, “When we don’t do anything, we feel despair. But if we do something, something that connects us with the environment and each other, we don’t feel like we have to do everything.” This is an important lesson in building momentum for the kind of deep transformation that needs to happen not only to adapt to climate change, but to do it in ways that rebuild and reconnect relationships with environment and each other. This is the basis of climate justice—the solutions we need to implement should to be solutions that honor the interconnectedness of all things.
The best way to get involved is to start small and stay connected. Once this sustains you, you will have more energy and momentum for other layers of the work.
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NATURE: commit to a place COMMUNITY: commit to a group POLICY: commit to an issue