This is my second piece, “Choose”, for the 50 works in 50 days for the Sanchez Art Center’s 50|50 exhibition. The whole climate issue makes me feel as if we’re in a maze that is so complex and difficult to navigate. It’s critical in solving a problem to make a choice and not just let circumstances carry you to a place you really don’t want to go. The choices are relative to everyone, for me it might be planting a drought resistant native garden that supports biodiversity and eating a vegan diet and for a top CEO it might be choosing not to mine or drill and instead invest in green sustainable energy systems. These are just a couple of examples—everything we do is important. No pressure, we don’t have to change overnight, we have a few days!
I come across many people who are very fatalistic about the climate change issue. Being fatalistic is one way of being in denial and letting others control you, that’s not my choice. Recently, I listened to The Great Disruption by Paul Gilding, a fantastic book. He said we are in charge, we—all of us. Not any one person working at a mega corporation or in government is in charge, we all have to work together to transform our economy and our selves.
Is it still possible to stop the worst of Climate Change? It’s up to us to make that choice.