Mexico Diary: Back to Reality?

Written by David Connell on . Posted in Learn

This is Part 6 of a six-part series by Lisa Hayden, climate change writer for The Nature Conservancy, based on her recent trip to Mexico. See the rest of the Mexico Diary here.

I’m home now, in my comfortable too-large, suburban home, re-connected to my email and internet. Even in the midst of a great recession, we still don’t seem to realize what a high standard of living we enjoy compared to much of the rest of the world.

We become very absorbed in our day-to-day existence, the demands of our work and families, and very removed from events around the world. The echo chamber media seems to make it worse.

Back from my whirlwind Mexico trip, one question stays with me: With all that we have in our relative land of plenty – are we willing to do more?

My wish this holiday season: read at least one serious article on global warming, and what it means for people who are more directly tied to their sources of food and water.

You may find it sobering, but we all need a wake-up call now and then.

And then think about what we can do – as a nation, as a community, as a family – some simple, but significant steps – to make things better. Click here and here for some concrete ideas:

I’ve decided I need to put money where my mouth is and offset my carbon emissions from my trip to Mexico by supporting forest conservation through the Conservancy’s carbon offset program.

Only a small step – but a start.

(Photo: Road in Sian Kaan Bioreserve, by Erika Nortemann)

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