It’s been a while since I’ve written a post. But I haven’t forgotten. I have been thinking and reading as always. I’m currently in the middle of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. It’s a seminal book and I had never read it. It is amazingly thorough and I am learning a lot about the complexities of ecology. I am also finding it thoroughly depressing. It is only in the last six months or so that I have been really learning and thinking about environmental issues. I have been reading a lot of blogs, news reports and books. I have tried to notice every time I do something that impacts the environment. The result is that I am overwhelmed. I am overwhelmed by the amount of problems. I am overwhelmed by the idea that anything I can do will not be enough. But I haven’t decided that I am not going to let it defeat me. I am going to do two things.
The first is more immediate. I am going to go with the idea that what I do can make a difference. I am currently the technical director at a high school. For the fall play we are doing Much Ado About Nothing. I am the set designer, lighting designer and technical director (with help with a large group of students). I have decided to keep track of the materials as specifically as I can without going too far out of my way. I am going to write several blog posts as I go about it, so I will leave the details to later.
The second thing I am going to do is keep searching for a career that helps the Earth. I get busy with my current job and reading and writing this blog and a million other things that I do every day. But I do want to make a difference and I have to figure out how to build a life that involves doing that.